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From George Washington to Samuel Holden Parsons, 3 May 1781

Head Quarters New Windsor May 3d 1781

Dear Sir

Your Letters of the 30th of April & 2nd of May, together with the Proceedings of the Court Marital whereof Lt Col. Gray was President, have been handed to me by Capt. Walther.

I hope the Journey you propose will have a happy tendency towards the recovery of your health, & that you will soon be enabled to join the Army again, after your return; ’tho I would not wish you to do it, so prematurely, as to endanger a relapse.

Part of the intelligence you have been so obliging as to communicate I had received thro another Channel, but not the whole. The intercepted Letter alluded to, said to be written by me to a Gentleman at the Southward, I suppose must have been an official One addressed to the Speaker of the Assembly of Virginia, in which our situation in many respects was pretty plainly delineated, but you may be assured, there were ideas held up in that Letter, which were by no means grateful to the Enemy which have embarrassed them exceedingly and which will be a sufficient reason to prevent their publishing the Contents of it at large to the World.

I am sorry to be forced to inform you, on the subject of your Pay, that there is not a farthing in the military Chest, except some monies which have been sent on by particular States for the Payment of the Troops of their Lines, & which cannot be appropriated to any other purpose. I am Dear Sir With very great regard Your Most Obed. Servt

P.S. The Sentence of the Court Martial is approved—The Adjt Gen. will transmit the Warrant for execution. Such of the Culprits at Danbury as are to be delivered over to the Civil Authority ought to be transferred immediately. The remainder of the Prisoners should be disposed of, or secured in the best & most expeditious manner, that the Detachment of Continental Troops may be marched to the army without delay, agreeably to my letter of the 30th Ulto.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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