George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jean-Baptiste, chevalier de Ternant, 11 December 1781

Philadelphia Dr the 11th 1781


I have been called upon, to give my evidences in the trial of General howe—But some Doubts having risen in my mind about the propriety of such a step, from a prisoner of war on parole, whose testimony in general, might be the means of restoring to service an officer supposed to be out of it as long as his trial is Depending; I find myself obliged to have recourse to your Excellency, for your opinion on that subject, &, in case you should entertain similar doubts to mine, whether the opinion of the court, supposing it is to approve of my giving evidence in this case, & to be recorded in the proceedings, can sufficiently justify me with those who might not be of the same opinion. As the Court are now sitting & waiting for me, I must beg your Excellency’s answer, as speedily as convenient. I am very respectfully, your Excellency’s most obedient & humble Servant



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