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From George Washington to Major David S. Franks, 21 October 1780

XVII
To Major David S. Franks

Head Quarters Prackness October 21st 1780

Sir

I have received your letter of the 16th with the request of which I should be happy to comply fully, did it not appear to me that the transactions at Philadelphia cannot well be investigated but on the spot; and the particular one to which you allude is so much of a civil nature, that I think you had best procure some sort of civil examination.1

I shall direct General Heath to have an inquiry into your conduct in your connection with General Arnold during his command at West Point.2 I am with regard Sir Yr most Obedt servt.

G: W——n

Df, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Franks never pursued civil proceedings regarding perjury insinuations. See Document XVI.

2See Document XIX.

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