Princeton July 3d 1783
General St Clair is now here, and this moment suggests an Idea which he has desired me to mention to your Excellency, as a Matter of Importance in his View of the Matter in the intended Inquiry at Philadelphia—That the Judge advocate should be directed to attend the Inquiry—By this Means the Business would be conducted with most Regularity—The Inquiry might be more critical—and as several Officers are in Arrest, perhaps a Person not officially engaged, may Consider himself in an invidious Situation—It is late at Night, and no possibility of obtaining the Sense of Congress, and therefore your Excellency will consider this as the mere Suggestion of an individual & use your own Pleasure. I have the Honor to be with the most perfect Esteem & Respect Your Excellency’s most Obed. Hble Serv.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.