Head Quarters Prackness Octr 29th 1780
I have the honor to transmit your Excellency the proceedings of the Court Martial upon Joshua Smith; by which you will perceive out of four charges exhibited against him the Jurisdiction of the Court was only found competent to one; of which they have acquitted him for want of sufficient evidence. As he was brought out of your State into this for trial, I have thought proper to send him back to West Point. I think it necessary to inform you, that he will be shortly released from confinement unless the Civil Authority should interpose to demand him. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s Most Obedient and Humble Servant
P.S. When you have considered the Proceedings you will please to return them.