George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Benedict Arnold, 27 September 1775

From Colonel Benedict Arnold

Fort Western [District of Maine]
27. Sepr 1775

May it please your Excellency

I have ordered, James McCormick, the Criminal condemned for the Murder of Rueben Bishop, on board the Schooner Broad Bay, Capt. Clarkson,1 with Directions for him to be delivered to Capt. Moses Howell, at Newbury Port, who has orders to send him to your Excellency—The Criminal Appears to be very simple & ignorant, and in the Company he belonged to, had the Character of being a peacable Fellow—His place of Residence is North Yarmouth, was drafted out of Col. Scammon’s Regt Capt. Hill’s Company,2 where his Character may be fully known. I wish he may be found a proper Object of Mercy, and am with the greatest Respect Yor Excellencys most obd. hble Servt

B. Arnold

LB, MeHi.

1James Clarkson.

2Jeremiah Hill (1747–1820) of Biddeford, District of Maine, served as a captain until November 1777.

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