George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Robert Howe, 14 August 1779

To Major General Robert Howe

Head Quarters West-point 14th Augt 1779.

Dr Sir

I have to acknowlege your favor of yesterday.1

In a letter of Col. Hamilton’s a few days ago to you, I signified that Col. Armand should be put under arrest. In one from Col. Armand to the former it does not appear that this had taken place2—Should this be so you will be pleased to have the order executed, as it would be unmilitary to continue him doing duty, while the court are determining on his case.3 Altho’ this may be repugnant to his feelings, yet I dare say he will be reconciled, when he considers the consequences that might ensue from dispensing in a single instance with the established laws & usages of the army. I am Dr Sir, your most hble servt.

Df, in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1Howe apparently wrote two letters to GW on 13 Aug., neither of which have been found.

2These letters have not been identified.

3For the court of inquiry held to investigate complaints against Colonel Armand and GW’s resulting orders for the convening of a court martial, see General Orders, 5 Aug., and notes 6 and 7 to that document.

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