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From George Washington to Samuel Huntington, 30 January 1780

To Samuel Huntington

Head Qurs Morris Town January 30th 1780

Sir

I herewith transmit Your Excellency the proceedings & sentence of the General Court Martial in the case of Major General Arnold for the approbation or disapprobation of Congress.1 The proceedings will be found in two packets committed to the care of Major Gibbs.2

I also think it my duty to inclose Your Excellency the Copy of a Letter of the [ ] Instant, from the Quarter Master General on the subject of his department, which I received on the 28th.3 I have the Honor to be with great respect & esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedt sert

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 2 Feb. (JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 16:120–21).

1For the court-martial of Maj. Gen. Benedict Arnold, see GW to John Morgan, 5 Jan., n.3. The enclosed court-martial proceedings have not been identified. For a contemporary printing of the proceedings, see Arnold, Proceedings description begins Proceedings of a General Court Martial of the Line, Held at Raritan, in the State of New-Jersey, By Order of his Excellency George Washington, Esq., General and Commander in Chief Of the Army of The United States of America, For the Trial of Major General Arnold, June 1, 1779. Major General Howe, President. Philadelphia, 1780. description ends ; see also Huntington to GW, 29 March (DLC:GW). A copy of the court’s verdict, extracted from the court-martial proceedings and dated 26 Jan., finding Arnold guilty on two of four charges and sentencing him to be reprimanded by GW in general orders, is in DLC:GW.

2Maj. Caleb Gibbs was traveling to Philadelphia to bring Martha Washington’s chariot to Morristown, along with two servants and four horses (see General Orders, 16 Feb., source note).

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