George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Lee, 21 April 1780

Burlington April 21st 80


I had the honor to receive your Excellencys orders concerning the arrest of Lt Carns in consequence of a complaint lodged by Mr Samuel Allison of this town.

I waited on Mr Allison & informed him of my readiness to execute your orders.

He gave me for answer, That he was perfectly satisfied & wished the matter to be dropped.

This decision of the complainant arose not from his humanity or whiggism, but from a conviction of inconvenience which a full enquiry would involve him into.

It is official in me to acquaint your Excellency, & a piece of justice due Lt Carns, that his conduct on this occasion was warrantable by the previous circumstances which produced it, & that Mr Carns with chearfulness would meet his accuser before a civil or military tribunal.

I have the honor to be sir, with the most perfect respect your Excellency most ob. h: servt

Henry Lee Junr

We are still waiting for the necessary suppys from Philada.

The moment they arrive, (which I hope will be on sunday next,) the corps will march. H.L.

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