To Brigadier General William Smallwood
West point August 15th 1779
I have received Your Letter of the 13th—and thank you for the pains you have taken with respect to Mr Geary.1 If Mr Hanson or he himself has returned I request that you will get a sight of the Books—that you may discover whether the Articles have been charged to him. At any rate—whether they are charged or not, you will be pleased to enumerate the Articles and direct him by my order to make an immediate return of the whole of them. I would wish, if the Books can be seen, that the point as to their being charged could be ascertained first. If they have not the omission will place his conduct in a much more exceptionable & unjustifiable light. I am Dr Sir with great regard & esteem Yr Most Obedt sert.
Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.
1. Smallwood’s letter to GW of 13 Aug. has not been found. James Geary, an assistant clothier at Newburgh, N.Y., had apparently been accused of improper conduct by William Bedlow of New Windsor, N.Y., and Abel Belknap of Newburgh, and GW had ordered Smallwood to investigate (see GW to Smallwood, 11 Aug.).
2. For GW’s directions to Smallwood to detain Fairchild—who was apparently one of Geary’s assistants—and examine him in regards to the investigation into the affairs of James Geary, see GW to Smallwood, 11 August.
3. This document has not been identified.