George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Captain Thomas Cartwright, 21 February 1778

To Captain Thomas Cartwright

Head Qrs Valley forge February 21st 1778


I was favoured last night with your Letter of the 14th Instant and with its inclosure.

As no person under our present Military system can appoint a General Court Martial but the Commander in Chief or Commanding General in a particular state, I cannot determine on the proceedings transmitted. Those sent by major General, the Marquiss de la Fayette, he omitted to deliver. I have written to Colo. Gibson respecting Lts McMichael & Dickenson & ordered that they should be tried again.1 The causes of complaint contained in General Wayn’s order for their trial I have inclosed him, and return you the proceedings in the case of the latter. I am Sir Yr Most Obedt servt

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Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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