Highlands 6th may 1780
General Parsons having arrested Captain Hoogland of Sheldons Dragoons for several Circumstances of Disrespect and other matters has requested of me a Court martial, I have doubts of the propriety of my ordering it as I am not certain the [ ] at present [ ] to my Command, and therefore I beg leave privately to be informd by your Excellency whether I ought to do it or not, which I should be glad to know by express as General Parsons is in a hurry to come on to his Brigade. Another thing is that Hoogland Claims being tried by officers of Horse & Parsons seems to think mixt corps [ illegible both illegible ] be President but if Horse officers can be had would it not be best your Excellencys Private intimations upon these Heads would oblige me—I have had Accounts that the Enemy have been Collecting a great many Horses and that Suffolk County on Long Island has been orderd to furnish one hundred and fifty. I shall be anxious to hear from you [ ] the Court martial and am your Excellency’s most obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.