Robertsens Apl 19th 1782
May it please your Excellency
In answer to the Queries made by your Excellency—I am of opinion that Retaliation is justifyable & expedient. That a representation ought to be made to Sr Henry Clinton & satisfaction demanded from him. That the commanding officer of the party who executed him only should be required provided he is of equal rank in the british service with Captain Huddy; if not the whole party or as many of them as shall be considered as equivalent to him. That in case of refusal a british Captain who is a prisoner of war, should be taken by lot, & executed. I am with the highest respect your Excellency’s most obt Servt
Majr commanding 4th M. Reg[t]
DLC: Papers of George Washington.