Trentown Jan: 7th 1781 at Noon
I had the honor to write your Excellency by Lt Col. Dehart who went of this morning to the Jersey Brigade with an Authentic Copy of the Laws for Setling the drepreciation of the pay of that Line, and with some finished Copies of the Law for recruiting the two Regimts that are to remain. Since that a very fortunate Circumstance has occurd that will I hope give an opening for Setling the Matter with the pensilvania Mutineers in a Manner more pleasing than Could have been expected. The Committee from Congress now fully Informs your Excellency thereof, I doubt not such proper Use will be made of it, as will bring the disagreable affair to a happy Issue.
I shall order a Court Martial of the Officers of the pensilvania Line to set tomorrow for the Trial of the Spy & the Guide as soon as the Evidence can be Collected. I am your Excellency’s Most Humble Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.