To Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons
Head Quarters Valley Forge 29 May 1778.
I recd your favor of the 22 Inst.
I wish some positive and clear evidence could have been procured against Mr Hammel. It is painful, to be obliged, at any time, to take away the personal liberty of a subject, on mere presumption of guilt. However I have reasons to expect some further proofs from another hand to justify any vigorous proceedings, which it may be necessary to use. I am &c.
Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.