George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Samuel Allison, 10 April 1780

Morris Town April 10th 1780


I have received your letter of the 31st of March representing the ill-treatment you had experienced from L. Carner. I assure you I have the utmost abhorrence of any violence offered by an officer to the inhabitants, and shall be always ready to atend to their complaints and grant all the redress in my power.

In the present case, it is at your option to obtain satisfaction either from the Civil or military law as you think best. If you prefer a Civil prosecution—the means are in your own hands, and all that I can do is to enjoin the Obedience of the Officer to the civil Magistrate to prevent irregularity; if you would prefer a military trial, it will take place as soon as the parties and the witnesses arrive. I have fixed upon the 18th instant for the purpose. You will perceive by the inclosed letter to the Commanding Officer of the Corps, the directions I have given in either case—that is of a civil or military prosecution: and it remains with you to determine which will be most agreeable to you. If you choose a military trial it will be indispensable that you and your witnesses should attend at this place at the time appointed. I am with esteem Sir Your Most Obedient Servant

G, Washington


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