George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 19 October 1780

West point Octr 19 1780

Dear General

The inclosed request from the Gentlemen of the Hospital, and the paper respecting Colo. Campbell who is now here, (and I am told was in Canada with General Montgomery) were put into my hand by Major General Greene. I request your Excellency’s opinion and direction respecting them.

Two Dragoons of Sheldon’s Regiment were lately sentenced to be executed—the Sentence has been put in execution in one of them, the officers of the Regiment solicit a pardon for the other. Shall I grant it?

Since I began writing I was honored with yours of the 18th. I have been looking round the works and find much out of order. I shall endeavor to put things in order as fast as possible, but find difficulties and embarrassments in every department—hope we Shall be able to surmount them. I request your Excellency’s answer as soon as may be agreable. I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most obedt Servt

W. Heath

P.S. The Deputy Judge advocate informs me that the Sentence of a General Court Martial on two Culprits were before General Arnold and not published. he apprehends the procedings are among Genl Arnolds papers. One of the prisoners has since escaped—the other is in the provost. the Sentences were capital.


DLC: Papers of George Washington.


Octob. 16 1780

Dear Genl

I am happy to make Application to you in behalf of the Hospl Officers at this Post, being conscious, that as far as lies in your power, you are disposed to favor them.

Exclusive of the Want of Pay they are in the greatest Want imaginable, (as Gentlemen) of Cloathing, what renders their Situation in particular more uneasy is, that they cannot enjoy any Advantage from the Resolve of Congress preceeded by a Recommendation to the different States to supply the officers annexed to them with Cloathing, to be deducted from their Quota &c. They are all from Virginia Pennsylva New England &c. & cannot from the Want of Cash to discharge their Expences claim of the States to which they belong the Indulgence in Cloathing granted.

We should consequently, esteem it a particular Indulgence if you could grant a Warrant, or an Order on the Clothier at Newburgh for such a Proportion of a years Allowance, or it may be in his Power to grant; my present situation prevents my having paid my Respects to you as yet but as soon as I can it will be esteemed the gratest Pleasure that can be enjoyd by my Dr Genl [Sir] who is with perfect Respect Your Most Obt.

Chas McKnight

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