George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Woodford, 17 May 1758

From William Woodford

Fort George May the 17th 1758.


I have made it my Business since I Came here, to find out the past Conduct of Leiut. Steenbergen. I can plainly make it Appear by his own Books which by good fortune have fallen into my Hand, that he has Defrauded the Soldiers of their Pay in the most scandelous Manner.

As this is more the⟨n he wo⟩uld declare, when Examined At Winchester, I tho⟨ught⟩ it my Duty Immediately to Acquaint you with ⟨it⟩ that you might take the proper measures t⟨o br⟩ing him to Justice.1 I am Sir Your most Obdt & very humble Servt

Wm Woodford


1For the Peter Steenbergen affair, see especially Court of Inquiry, 4–8 May. See also Thomas Waggener to GW, 20 May. The letters in brackets have been obliterated in the manuscript and are conjectural.

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