West Point 11th October 1780
I this Day received a Letter from Mr Edwards Depty Judge Advocate, informing me that Joshua Smith has requested I would attend the Court Martial; as a Witness in his Case and that your Excellency had directed that I should be Summoned to attend as I am at present afflicted with a Disorder that prevents my Riding on Horse-Back and have reason to believe, that, as I know nothing of his Conduct, my testimony will neither operate for, nor against him, I shall defer setting out till your further pleasure may be known.
I conceive that any Questions Mr Smith may think proper to ask me, might be proposed to me by Gen. Green, and my answers obtained, without putting me to the disagreable necessity of travelling in my present situation. If your Excellency thinks it absolutely necessary, I will attend as soon as possible. I shall be happy to be honored with a Line, on the Subject. I am, with every Sentiment of Respect, your Excellencys Most Obdt Servant
NHi: John Lamb Papers.