George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Thomas Johnson, Jr., 28 December 1780

Head Quarters New Windsor 28th Decemr 1780

Dear Sir

Mrs Bainbridge the Wife of Peter Bainbridge has laid before me some papers respecting the proceedings of Capt. Eggleston of Colo. Lees Legion, on the case of their son Peter Bainbridge which carry the face of a most extraordinary and unwarrantable kind of conduct—But as it is impossible to decide ex parte I have by the inclosed referred the Matter to Major General Greene commanding the southern Army, and I shall be much obliged to you to procure authenticated Copies of the inclosed papers or any other that you may find necessary and transmit them to General Greene—with my letter—This is a matter which I would wish to have fully investigated, not only as it concerns the rights of a Citizen, but because Capt. Eggleston may, if innocent, have an opportunity of acquitting himself of so gross a charge, or, if guilty, meet the punishment of which such conduct is deserving. The Motives by which I am actuated, will I am sure be a sufficient excuse for the trouble which I am giving you. I have the Honor to be with great Regard Dr Sir Yr most obt Servt

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