Adjt. & Insp. Genl. office 5th. Augst. 1816.
I am of the opinion that the within protest should be made to the court martial and that the subject is properly within its jurisdiction. I have therefore sent a copy to Major Genl. Scott the President of the Court & as Major Genl. Gaines will probably be at New York before a letter could reach him elsewhere. I have not answered his letter. All the papers relative to the charges & trial were sent to the Judge Advocate by order of the Secretary of War.
Genl. Scott has advised me that he shall order the Judge Advocate to New York immediately. I have the honour to be Yrs & c.
DNA: RG 94--Letters Sent by the Office of the Adjutant General.