George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Heath, 15 December 1780

Garrison West Point Decr 15th 1780

Dear General

I some days since signifyed to Colonel Hazen, your opinion respecting the Arrest of Major Reid—I this morning received his answer; Coppy of which I take the liberty to enclose.

We are now turning our attention to the salting a quantity of the Beef in bulk at this Post—Colonel Hay has also proposed its being done in hutts, at the Connecticutt & New Hampshire Quarters. The obstacles are the want of boards or planks, for erecting & secureing proper places—The materials cannot be procured here—A quantity of boards &c. expected here, have been stopped at New Windsor, or New Burgh—Perhaps they are wanted as much there as here—if they are not I wish a part of them might be spared, to compleat the Store; as the Beef Cattle are every day wasteing, & the Season nearly arrived, when it will be very difficult, if possible to execute the business. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect Your Excellencys Most Obedient Servant

W. Heath

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


14 December 1780

Extract of a letter from Colonel Hazen dated Fish Kill 14th December 1780

I have received your letter of the 12th current and observe the Contents with respect to Major Reids Arrest. The charges against him are of such a nature that I cannot withdraw the Arrest—nor are the Witnesses all here that will be wanted in support of the charges—I wish not to add to Major Reids misfortune by prolonging the time of his confinement—But at the same time his conduct has been such in the regiment (tho undiscovered) that merits but little indulgence in his present situation, which unavoidably in me he has plunged himself into—It is unnecessary if not improper for me at this time to enter into a detail of facts & circumstances with respect to Major Reids arrest; but thus much I may venture to say, that should your honor suppose I am warranted in the charges exhibited against him, his present sufferings are not severe. if otherwise I conceive I have fixed a crime on myself, which I hope not even to be guilty of. The time that I at first mentioned to your honor, for Major Reids tryal, was the latter end of this, or the beginning of the next month; which is drawing near—Sooner I am affraid the evidences will not be ready, as some of the witnesses are at a distance, and other kinds of testimony are now in Congress. I have taken every necessary precaution to have them all here by the time proposed, & hope I shall not be disappointed.

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