Head Quarters Dobbs’s Ferry 10th Augt 1781.
I have received your favors of the 3d and 6th Instants. The bringing forward the Corps of Invalids from Philada and Boston was a matter of necessity and not of choice. We must therefore submit to some inconveniencies and put them to duties of the lightest kind.
I have approved the sentences agt Burke and Lansing and forward herewith a Warrant for the execution of the former. Lansing is pardonned. The Artillery Men under sentence were pardonned some days since and I thought Colo. Stevens had sent up for them.
The Quarter Master General has had orders respecting the delivery of the Rations to the Boat Builders.
By accounts from Virginia, we may hourly expect a part of the troops from thence to New York. This makes it necessary to add to our force here. You will therefore be pleased to send down Van schaicks and Hazens Regiments with their Camp Equipage as expeditiously as possible. They may come by land or by Water as you may think best. If in the last way, let a detachment from Majr Darby’s command come down in the Boats to carry them immediately back. I would have Burke executed before the Regiment leaves the Point.
Inclosed you have the Copy of a number of Charges which have been exhibited by Capt. Woelper against Colonel Nichola. You will furnish the Colonel with a Copy and as soon as Capt. Woelper arrives at the Garrison, let an arrest take place, and order a trial without loss of time. I am with great Esteem Dear Sir Yr Most obt Servt
CSmH: Papers of George Washington.