Head Quarters Totowa Tuesday November 14th 1780
For the Day Tomorrow
Brigadier General Huntington
Lieutenant Colonel Newall
Brigade Major Moore
At the General Court martial of the line whereof Colonel Bailey is president the 10th instant Lieutenant Reeves of the 10th Pennsylvania regiment was tried for "A breach of general orders of the 6th instant in granting a pass to Daniel Quinn a soldier in the 10th Pennsylvania regiment."
The court on consideration are of opinion that Lieutenant Reeves signed a pass for Daniel Quinn to pass to the Light infantry camp on which Quinn passed in breach of general orders; but it appears to the court that it was the intention of Lieutenant Reeves the pass should be signed by the commanding officer of the regiment. On this consideration and the custom of the regiment they think Lieutenant Reeves excuseable.
The Commander in Chief approves the Sentence and Lieutenant Reeves is released from his Arrest.
To prevent accidents of the same kind happening in future, let the commanding officers of companies only recommend the soldiers to the commanding officers of regiments for passes, this will put it out of their power to make use of the writing of which they are possessed before it is properly authenticated.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.