George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons, 29 May 1778

To Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons

Head Quarters Valley Forge 29 May 1778.

Dear sir.

I recd your favor of the 22 Inst.

I wish some positive and clear evidence could have been procured against Mr Hammel. It is painful, to be obliged, at any time, to take away the personal liberty of a subject, on mere presumption of guilt. However I have reasons to expect some further proofs from another hand to justify any vigorous proceedings, which it may be necessary to use. I am &c.


Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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