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From George Washington to John Hancock, 31 October 1780

Head Quarters near Passaic Falls Octr 31st 1780


Upon the representation of Mr Morey that two Negro Men belonging to him, were detained as Soldiers in the Massachusett’s Line, contrary to his inclination, I gave directions to Brigadier General Glover to appoint a Board of Officers to enquire into the Justice of his claim, and to report the facts with, their opinion thereon—A Copy of this Report I now do myself the honor to inclose to you.

As Mr Morey is a subject of your State, and the question appears to be how far the several circumstances stated in the Report ought to affect his property—I have thought proper to refer the Matter to Your Opinion; having no object in view but a desire that equal justice may be done to the Public and the Individual concerned. I have the honor to be Your Excellencys Most Obedient Servant

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