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From George Washington to Major General Alexander McDougall, 25 June 1779

To Major General Alexander McDougall

New Windsor June 25: 1779

Dr Sir

In answer to your Letter of the 19th I request that you will send me All the proceedings of Court Martials in your hands in Capital cases, where the sentences have not been executed.1 If there are any sentences which have been approved by you; but yet remain unexecuted, you will be pleased to particularize them. I fully agree in sentiment with you, as to the impolicy of too frequent punishments.

I shall be obliged by your sending me the Arrangement of the Massachusets line, made by the Committee of Officers.2 I am Dr Sir with great regard Your Most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, CSmH; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. GW signed the cover of the LS.

1McDougall’s letter to GW of 19 June has not been found, but see General Orders, 4 July.

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