Head Qrs Newburgh Janry 21st 1783
By an accidental conveyance I recd some time ago the Representation you was pleased to address to me on the 25 Ulto respecting the apprehension of Lt Stone of the 1st Masstts Regt for the murder of Capt. Hitchcock of the same Regt, having been until then, totally unacquainted with the circumstances of that unhappy affair some time has been unavoidably consumed in investigating & pointing out the proper line of conduct to be adopted thereon, which must be understood as the reason of my not answering sooner your application.
I have now, Sir, to acquaint you, that such instructions have been given to the Commandg Officer of the 1st Masstts Regt as will upon proper application, undoubtedly render effectual an attempt to apprehend the Person in question in consequence of a criminal prosecution which shall be legally instituted against him by Civil authority. I am Sir
DLC: Papers of George Washington.