George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Randolph Reid, 30 May 1782

Lancaster, 30th May, 1782.


I am sorry that necessity so often obliges me to call your Excellencys attention from matters of more concernment to my individual situation.

The industry of Brigadier General Hazen and his good wishes towards me has enabled him to collect sufficient materiels for bringing me to a second tryal, and he has put me in arrest for "disobedience of orders, unmilitary conduct, and for ungentleman and unofficer-like conduct or behaviour" and says my tryal cannot come on while the Regiment lies at this place.

It seems I am to be tried at the request of the Officers of his party in the Regiment upon the defence I made on my last tryal—and those Officers cannot consent I should be tried by the Officers of the Pennsylvania line at this place York and Carlile where a General Court Martial now sits. But as the privilege of objecting to Members has hitherto been confined to defendants I must beg that your Excellency will order a tryal as soon as convenient. General Hazen told me if I would resign my commission or quit the Regiment the Officers would withdraw their complaint[s] or he would give me leave of absence till the Regiment should join the grand Army I could not consent to either being equa[lly] unacquainted with real and Ideal [   ] and therefore chose my present confinement relying upon your Excellencys Justice that it would be as short as possible. I have the honor to be with the greatest regard Your Excellencys most Obedt servant

James R. Reid

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