Pompton 14th Augst 1781.
May it please your Excellency
Indictments are presented before me at the Court of Oyer & Terminer in & for the County of Bergen against Andrew Coldeleugh a forage Master belonging to the Army for Trespass & false imprissonment.
I am sorry that my Duty oblidges me to trouble your Excellency on this Occasion, being fully sensible how much your feelings are hurt, when any of your Officers, so far deviate from the Line of their Duty as to become amesnable to the Law—And nothing but the Charges being attended with some aggravating Circumstances; and affecting Characters the most Deserving, should have induced me (at this busy part of the Campaign) to request, that your Excellency would order Mr Coldeleugh to attend without delay, to answer the Charges exhibited against him—I have the honor to be Your Excellency’s Most Obt & Hble Servt
John Cleves Symmes
DLC: Papers of George Washington.