Highlands, April 25. 1782.
I forward two sailors who lately made their escape from the British man of war, Adamant—and inclose a New York paper of the 19th the latest I have received.
When I was honored by your Excellency the winter before last with a command similar to that you have been pleased now to assign me, your pleasure was signified that I should approve or disapprove the sentences of courts-martial, except where the sentences were capital or of a particular nature which were to be transmitted to you: Apprehending your sentiments are still the same, I have been pursuing the same mode of conduct. I now take the liberty to inclose the proceedings of a general court-martial handed to me the last evening. Although the sentence is not a discharge from the service, yet from its nature I have thought it most eligible to lay it before your Excellency for your determination. I have the honor to be, With the highest respect, your Excellency’s Most obedient servant,
DLC: Papers of George Washington.