Morris Town May 8th 1780.
I have received your Letter of yesterday, and have transmitted a copy of it to General Huntington directing him to inquire into the affair. When I receive his report, I shall take such steps as the circumstances of the case seem to require. In the mean time you may be assured that I shall not countenance any infringement of the rights of the civil authority; but shall be always ready to support the Magistrates in the execution of their duty and suppress all attempts to counter act them. I am with respect Sir Your Most Obedt Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.