George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Dudley Townes, 25 April 1781

Philadelphia Apl 25th 1781


I am Just arriv’d in the flag of truce from CharlsTown—and from a propper sence of your Excellency’s known candure and impartiallity, I am induc’d to trouble you with a few lines relative to my present Situation—which has hither too been Very disagreeable By the ajudication of a Courtmartial which was ordered (on me) while in Captivity to which Genl Moultrie declin’d giving his sanction to—I am sentenced to be Casher’d It would be useless for me to represent to you my feelings on this head—as your Excellency must Certainly Concieve them to be great—after serveing four of five years in the armey to be dismis’d in a manner for Other peoples faults—the proceedings for my trial has been transmitted to Genl Green—But on Account of the present milatary Opperations in that Quarter, It will be impossible for him to decide the matter immediately—Genl Moultrie gave me Leave to take my passage for Philadelphia to have the matter Laid before your Excellency and It was my wish and the advice of the Officers who were my friends. I am therefore to beg your Excellency will (unfurnished as I am with the proceedings of the Courtmartial) have them sent for by the first dispatches to the suthern armey for your decision or Grant me a knew trial—in the latter Cace I have some affidavits to produce which by particular Circumstances I was prevented from exhibiting before the Other Court—there was three Charges the two first were intirely unsupported—and the Latter not in so Criminal a light. A Light as to reserve the Censure I have recievd Considering the unjust provication given me in a public Compy—Genl Moultrie by refuseing to Confirme the sentence appears to be of the same Oppinion—he even waited on Genl Scott to have the matter dropt. By my defence which I hear send your Excellency you may form some Judgment of the whole affair—I Beg leave to add that the Officers of the Regt to which I Belong to—Many field and other Officers requested by a memorial to Genl Scott to have the matter dropt such were their sentiments on the affair—that prov’d unavailing which determind me to have the matter Laid before you. I intend to Head Quarters in a few days when I am sensible of Justice which alone I ask. I am your Excellencys most Obdt and Very Humble

John Townes Lut. 7th Virga Rg[t]

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