George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Robert Howe, 1 July 1783

Prince Town 1st of July 1783


I arrived yesterday with the Troops within some Miles of this Place where They will halt until Twelve to Night.

The President of Congress having informed me that He has given your Excellency a particular Account of The Operations of the Mutineers & The Proceedings of the Executive of Pennsylvania Thereupon as well as the Steps Taken by Congress in Consequence Thereof, I shall not Trouble you Sir with repeating the Details.

A Commission has been appointed by Congress with which I have had two Conferences, & as far as I can gather from them the Intention of Congress Appears to be a Determination to search This Matter To The Bottom—& to punish if possible both in civil & military Line the Persons principally concerned in The Mutiny—in which they conceive their own Dignity & that of Government to be deeply wounded.

The ultimate Views of Congress I expect to know This Eveg & shall instantly convey to your Excellency—I shall move with the Troops for Trenton at Twelve to-night—where about half of them will be left for The present, at least that Number being in a Situation hardly [fit] to proceed—Our March was attended with every Difficulty which could result from excessive Heat, Want of Provision & of Shoes—Many of the Men have been [taken] ill & more I expect will be—Only one surgeon is with us, & he is without Medicines—should it be thought by Congress necessary for us to remain any Time here it would I believe be requisite to order up one of the Gentleman of The Hospital & all the regimental Surgeons—the latter indeed have been ordered already.

I hope to be enabled to write more explicitly to your Excellency [even by] this Opportunity—tho’ fearing it might [go]before I was further inform’d I thought it my Duty to write thus much.

I have been inform’d that the President [of Jackson’s] Regt were not to march & I am [very] glad it has happened—but lest that should not be true, I have obtain’d Permission & shall remand them myself—which I hope will meet your Excellency’s Approbation. I have the Honor to be with the greatest Respect Sir your Excellency’s most obedient Servant

Robt Howe

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