Head Quarters New Windsor 28th Decemr 1780
The Honble Mr Johnson of Frederick Town in Maryland (late Governor of that State) will transmit you, with this letter, sundry papers respecting the proceedings of Capt. Eggleston of Colo. Lees Legion, in the case of Peter Bainbridge a soldier of the Legion who was apprehended for desertion. It appears from the Papers which have been laid before me, but which as they are not authenticated I could not regard, that Capt. Egglestons conduct has been highly unmilitary and unwarrantable in extorting from the Father of the Lad, not only a valuable horse, but a promise to pay for a parcel of leather Breeches, to procure ten able Recruits and to secure three deserters provided he would spare the life of Bainbridge the deserter.
These matters, if true, reflect highly not only upon Capt. Eggleston, but upon the Army, and you will therefore take the proper mode, to give him an opportunity of acquitting himself honorably, if innocent, or, if guilty, to bring him to that punishment which such conduct deserves. I am with great Regard Dear Sir yr most obt Servt
NjP: DeCoppet Collection.