George Washington Papers

General Orders, 31 January 1776

General Orders

Head Quarters, Cambridge, Jany 31st 1776

Parole Belhaven.Countersign Lancaster1

Richd Thompson of Capt. Nuting’s Company, in Col. Prescots Regiment, tried at a late General Court Martial for “Theft and Desertion,” is found guilty of both those Crimes, and sentenced to receive thirty-nine Lashes for each, and mulcted Twenty-four Shillings & eight pence out of his pay—Twelve shillings thereof to be paid to the prosecutor Samuel Keys,2 and the rest to the persons who brought the prisoner back to camp.

The General approves the above Sentence, and orders it to be executed, at such time, and place, as the Commanding Officer of the Regiment shall think proper.

Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Artemas Ward’s orderly book gives the parole for this day as “Winchester” and the countersign as “Stamford” (MHi). In the Varick transcript these watchwords appear in the General Orders for 2 Feb. 1776.

2Ward’s orderly book reads “Samuel Thayer” (MHi).

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