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To George Washington from Colonel Moses Hazen, 8 February 1780

From Colonel Moses Hazen

Morristown Feby 8th 1780

Sir—

As Mr Tichenor has very injudiciously prevented Genl Bayley Col. Bedle & Mr Jonathan Child from attending a hearing on this matter at this time & place, agreeable to your Excellencys orders for that purpose1 & as Mr Tichenor has accused Gen. Bailey with some part of the Charges of which he himself herein stands impeached,2 & as he pleads innocent & says he is ready to justify himself in his publick employment in every case wherein he stands accused, either by me or others & as he says ardently urging for an opportunity to justify himself before a Court martial which he likewise says he cannot do unless the Court may be held in the district where these charges arose, & as I wish Mr Tichenor may have a fair trial & be indulged in every reasonable request, I beg to propose that Mr Tichenor may point out the time & place, when, & where, it will be most convenient for him to attend a Court Martial that such a Court may be ordered, and that the same Court may be authorized to examine into the conduct of Genl Bailey, Col. Bedel Mr Jonathan Child, Matthew Lyne, or any other officer upon such charges as may be exhibited against them, & proper notice given, and that in case at such inquiries there should be ground to put the person or persons on their defence before a General Court Martial, then & in that case the same Court which may be ordered to try Mr Tichenor, may at the same time & place try any & all other offenders also:3 all which is submitted to your Excellencys will & pleasure—

Moses Hazen

Hammond, Rolls, description begins Isaac W. Hammond, ed. Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775, to May 1777. . . [vol. 1]; Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, May, 1777, to 1780 . . . [vol. 2]; Rolls and Documents relating to Soldiers in the Revolutionary War . . . [vols. 3-4]. New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers, vols. 14–17. Concord and Manchester, N.H., 1885–89. description ends 4:355.

1In December 1779, GW had ordered a court of inquiry to investigate accusations of misconduct by the quartermasters and commissaries at the army post at Coos, Vt. (see GW to Jeremiah Wadsworth, 7 Dec. 1779, and GW’s second letter to Nathanael Greene of the same date).

2Hazen may have enclosed a list of eight “neglects of duty crimes or misdemeanors” by Isaac Tichenor that later formed the charges at Tichenor’s court-martial. In addition to negligence, Hazen charged Tichenor with failure to obey orders, mismanagement, and corruption. For the list, dated at Morristown on this date and apparently signed by Hazen, see Hammond, Rolls, description begins Isaac W. Hammond, ed. Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775, to May 1777. . . [vol. 1]; Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, May, 1777, to 1780 . . . [vol. 2]; Rolls and Documents relating to Soldiers in the Revolutionary War . . . [vols. 3-4]. New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers, vols. 14–17. Concord and Manchester, N.H., 1885–89. description ends 4:356–57.

3GW did convene a court-martial to try the charges (see GW to Jacob Bayley, 9 March; see also GW to Joseph Cilley, Jr., and to James Gray, both 9 March). For the results of the court-martial, see General Orders, 16 October.

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