To John Morgan
Head Quarters New Windsor 24th June 1779
Your Letter of the 16th instant came to hand yesterday.1
I have not received from Congress any charges or directions respecting Doctor Shippen—and therefore can do nothing on the subject of your Letter. When they are pleased to direct a trial of him, the business will be entered upon, as soon as the situation of our affairs will admit; and the usual mode of giving notice and obtaining Witnesses be pursued.2 If I had received directions for his trial, it could not be proceeded on at this time. The movements of the Enemy obliged General Arnold’s to be deferred, and matters are not yet in such a state, as to admit of its being resumed—neither is it possible for me to determine when they will. I am Sir Your most Obedt sert
LS, in Caleb Gibbs’s writing, PWacD: Sol Feinstone Collection, on deposit at PPAmP; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. Morgan’s letter to GW of 16 June has not been found, but it probably was similar to one he had written to John Jay, president of Congress, on 15 June that called for Congress to “give immediate orders for a Trial, free from the embarrassments of any tedious delay (from which innocent Men sometimes suffer inconcievable hardships and distress, and the guilty are enabled to elude & baffle the testimony of Witnesses wearied out in a fruitless Attempt to bring them to Justice)” and charged “Dr William Shippen junr in the service of the united states with Malpractice and Misconduct in Office. And, whereas Congress, by a resolve of the House, has subjected a Director of the General Hospital, on any Accusation of Malconduct, to be tried by a Court Martial, I therefore now declare my readiness to give before the proper Court having Jurisdiction the necessary Evidence in the premisses against the said Dr Wm Shippen” (DNA:PCC, item 63). Congress read Morgan’s letter on the same date and directed that a copy of it be sent to GW with directions “to cause such proceedings to be had thereon, as that the charges alluded to in it be speedily enquired into, and justice done (JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 14:733–34; see also JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 7:236).