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To George Washington from Major General Benjamin Lincoln, 20 May 1777

From Major General Benjamin Lincoln

[Bound Brook, N.J, 20 May 1777]1

Dear Genl

We have in the Guard House an infamous tory said to be one of Skinners men who on an attempt made by our people to secure him fired on them & wounded one—he also was wounded but is now almost well—By the enclosed warrant your excellny will learn more of the matter than I can explain2—Wish to know whether he is to be tried by the civil authority of this State or by a Genl Court martial—By a letter from General Sulivan 11 oClock last night I was informed that a deserter had just left the enemies lines and gave notice that they intended to attack this post last night, & that two nights past they had formed a design of doing it but suspended the execution on two of their men deserting who they supposed would betray them. I have the honor to be with the sincerest regard & esteem your Excellencies most obedient humble servant.

ADf, MHi: Lincoln Papers.

1Lincoln docketed the draft: “His Excellency May 20, 1777.”

2This enclosure has not been identified.

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