George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Knox, 28 July 1780

Preakness N. J. Hd Qrs July 28 1780


I have received Colo. Lamb’s letter addressed to you, by which he desires you "to ask me if ever Col. Bigelow solicited me to order a Court of Enquiry into his conduct at the attack on Quebec, on the 31st Decr 1775" In answer to this question I can only say that I recollect something passed between Col. Bigelow and myself a long time ago, I believe soon after he returned from Canada, on the subject of a report that was or had been in circulation respecting his conduct at Quebec, which was injurious to his character as an Officer; but what it was I can not now determine with precision. However I am rather inclined to believe, that I can’t be positive, that I mentioned the report to Col. Bigelow and intimated that it might be necessary for him to clear it up, and that he said the affair was totally false and without foundation. Here I think it ended. I am, Sir, your most obedt servt

(signed) Go:Washington

NHi: John Lamb Papers.

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