Head Quarters New Windsor Feby 5th 1781
You will be pleased to Order a General Court Martial to sit at Springfield or such place as will be most centrical & convenient, for the tryal of John Collins late Dep. Com. M. Stores. The Court to be compossed of the Officers of Sheldons Regt, or others in the Vicinity; The charge will be exhibited & testimony adduced by Ezekiel Ch’evers Esqr. D.C.M.S.
Enclosed you will find the Copy of a Resolution of Congress of the 22nd Augst for the Tryal of Delinquents in the Department of Commissy Genl of Military Stores—also a Letter from Mr Collins to me which he acknowleges, his having taken some public Salt Petre—You will transmit the Proceedings of the Court to me—when the tryal is finished. I am Sir Your Very Hble Servt.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.