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.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.