George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Mordecai Buckner, 28 January 1777

To Colonel Mordecai Buckner

Morris Town. January 28th 1777.


It is not in my Power to comply with yr Request on three Accts yourself, the Country at large, & the State you come from—Were the matter to remain undetermined, yr Reputation must be ruined at all Events, every Officer wd have reason to expect equal favr & I should be justly taxed with partiality—Would you reflect on the Impropriety of yr petition, you wd certainly withdraw it—Resolved as I am to reward Merit, & punish Demerit, I shall refer yr Case to the Judgmt of a Court Martial, and shall be happy to hear that it acquits you.1 I am Yr Most Obedient Humble Servant.

Df, in George Johnston’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the result of Buckner’s court-martial, held at Chatham on 8 Feb., see General Orders, 9 Feb., and GW to Hancock, 14 Feb. 1777.

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