George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Colonel Edward Wigglesworth, 10 June 1778

To Colonel Edward Wigglesworth

Head Quarters [Valley Forge] 10th June 1778.


As the testimony of Colonel Greene is judged necessary by the Court of Inquiry, to ascertain the facts in dispute between Lt Col. Duplessis and the Officers of Artillery—and that Gentlemans personal appearance cannot be obtained—the most equitable way of procuring his evidence will be, that you should digest in writing such questions as the Court and each party in their presence shall think proper to be put to Colonel Greene, and transmit them with a request that he will return you his Answers on Oath as speedily as possible.1 I am Sir Your most obedt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in John Laurens’s writing, PVFHi; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1An undated letter from Wigglesworth to GW, apparently written around this time, reads: “The Court of Enquiry, as directed by Genl Orders, 5th June, have assembled, & proceeded to business accordingly; but after strictly examining facts, both for, & against Lt Col. Duplessis—the Court are unanimously of Opinion, that Col. Green’s presence is essentially requsite, and beg leave to defer making report, till Col. Green can be present” (DLC:GW).

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