Head Quarters Morris Town 12th April 1780.
I have been favd with yours of the 27 March, inclosing a Return of your Regemt and the proceedings of a General Court Martial held by order of General Cornell. I am under the necessity of disapproving the sentence of the Court against Windsor Fry, on account of its irregular constitution; as by the Articles of War a General Court Martial for the trial of a Continental Officer or soldier can only be ordered by the Commander in Chief— The Officer commanding a separate departmt or the Continental General Officer commanding in any one of the states. But that the offender may not thereby escape from punishment, I inclose a power to hold a proper Court under which the prisoner may be brought to a new trial— I have not yet determined upon the Station of your Regt for the ensuing Campaign, but I think it more than probable that I shall be under the necessity of drawing it to the main Body of the Army to replace, in part, the detachments which we have been obliged to make to the southward. I return the proceedings of the former Court Martial— and am, Sir, Your most obt Servt,
DLC: Papers of George Washington.