To Brigadier General Henry Knox
[Middlebrook, New Jersey, May 6, 1779]
I am commanded by His Excellency to acknowlege the receipt of your letter.1 He desires you will have the persons you mention carefully confined2 ’till they can be delivered over to the civil Magistrate as we have no military law by which to punish them. But ⟨that⟩ the civil law may have something substantial to operate upon, he requests you will do every thing you can think of to discover the extent and particulars of the villainy and that you will prepare all the evidence you can towards establishing their guilt. When you have done this, you will be so good as to report the result, and further measures will be taken.
Dr. Sir I am your most Obed servant
Alex Hamilton Aide De Camp
ALS, The Andre de Coppet Collection, Princeton University Library.
1. This letter, addressed to George Washington and dated May 6, 1779, is in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.