To James McHenry, 14 October 1799
Trenton October 14—1799
I have the honor to transmit for the decision of the President the proceedings of a Court Martial in the Case of Robert Brown a Matross in the corps of Artillerists sentenced to die for the complicated crimes of Desertion Mutiny and Disobedience
under ⟨orders⟩ of Orders, aggravated by a resistance to Civil Authority.
It is a painful duty of my situation
to remark to express the Opinion that it is a case peculiarly fit for a severe example and indispensably requiring it. The offences proved against the Culprit attack the vitals of military duty and discipline and of civil subordination.
With great respect I have the honor to be &
P S I send you some other proceedings of Co
(ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).