Hd Qrs Morris Town 10th April 1780.
Mr Samuel Allison of Burlington has complained to me of violences offered to him by Lt Carnes of the Corps under your command. I have told him that it is at his option to have recourse for redress, either to the Civil or Military Law. If he prefers the first, Lt Carnes must of course submit to the civil Magistrate. If the last is chosen, you will arrest Lt Carnes and direct him to repair to Head Quarters by the 18th instant to take his trial. He will bring with him such Witnesses as he thinks essential in his behalf, or it may be better that the depositions of the Witnesses on both sides should be taken before some Magistrate, in presence of both parties Lt Carnes and Mr Allison. This may save trouble & expense. This letter goes through Mr Allison who will inform you which of the alternatives he determines upon. I am SirYour most Obedt Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.