WASHINGTON (AP) — An original letter written by George Washington that initiated a spy network during the Revolutionary War is going on display for a limited time at the International Spy Museum in Washington.

The museum says Washington’s letter, written on Feb. 4, 1777, initiated the nation’s first spy network. While then-Gen. Washington was commander in chief of the Continental Army, he wrote to confidant Nathaniel Sackett, commissioning him to spy for his country as Washington’s “intelligence director.”

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Sackett was to be paid $50 per month to create a spy network in New York. He was given a $500 bonus up front.

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The museum acquired the fragile document in 2002 from Sackett’s family. It’s usually kept in storage for preservation. The document will be on view from President’s Day weekend through March.

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