George Washington Papers

General Orders, 16 September 1775

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Sept. 16th 1775

Parole Wilmington.Countersign York

James Finley Serjt in Capt. Price’s Company of Rifle men, tried by a General Court Martial for “expressing himself disrespectfully of the Continental Association, and drinking Genl Gage’s health”—The Court sentence the Prisoner to be deprived of his Arms and Accoutrements, put in a Horse Cart, with a Rope round his neck, and drum’d out of the Army and rendered for-ever incapable of serving in the Continental army.

Serjt John Cotton, in Col. Cottons Regt1 tried by the same General Court Martial, for “defrauding the regiment of part of their allowance of provisions.” The Court sentence the Prisoner to refund, and pay back, fourteen pounds, six shillings and four pence to said regiment, and be disqualified to serve in said regiment, as Quarter Master Serjeant, for the future.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Theophilus Cotton (d. 1782) of Plymouth, Mass., left the army at the end of 1775.

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