George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Nathanael Greene, 1 August 1779

To Major General Nathanael Greene

West point 1st Augt 1779

Dr Sr

As there is a charge brought against Col. Hooper and a trial must be the result there would be an impropriety in giving him a discharge, unless he consents to the process taking its course as if he were still in the department under this condition you are left to act as you think proper.1 I am Yrs &c.


Df, in Richard Kidder Meade’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1For the charges against Deputy Q.M. Gen. Robert Lettis Hooper, Jr., and Congress’s resolution directing a court of inquiry and court-martial, see Remarks for the Continental Congress, 23–31 Jan., n.13, and JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 13:106–7. GW scheduled Hooper’s trial to take place after that of Benedict Arnold, which had been deferred in June and did not take place until December 1779 (see General Orders, 2 June and 19 Dec.; GW to John Laurance, 2 Dec. 1779, NHi: John Laurance Papers; and GW to Samuel Huntington, 4 Dec. 1779, DNA:PCC, item 152). Although preparations for Hooper’s court-martial seem to have gone forward, there is no record that his court-martial took place before Hooper left the quartermaster’s department in the late spring of 1780 (see Hooper to Greene, 2 Jan. and 3 Feb. 1780 in Greene Papers, description begins Richard K. Showman et al., eds. The Papers of General Nathanael Greene. 13 vols. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1976–2005. description ends 5:225, 339; see also Pa. Col. Records, description begins Colonial Records of Pennsylvania. 16 vols. Harrisburg, 1840–53. description ends 12:250).

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