George Washington Papers

From George Washington to a Board of General Officers, 29 September 1780

To a Board of General Officers

Head Quarters Tappan Sepr 29th 1780


Major André, Adjutant General, to the British army will be brought before you for your examination. He came within our lines in the night on an interview with Major General Arnold,1 and in an assumed character; and was taken within our lines, in a disguised habit, with a pass under a feigned name, and with the inclosed papers concealed upon him. After a careful examination, you will be pleased, as speedily as possible, to report a precise state of his case, together with your opinion of the light, in which he ought to be considered, and the punishment, that ought to be inflicted. The Judge Advocate will attend to assist in the examination, who has sundry other papers, relative to this matter, which he will lay before the Board2—I have the honor to be Gentlemen Your most Obedt & humble servant

Go: Washington

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DLC:GW; Df, DLC:GW; copy, enclosed in GW to Samuel Huntington, 7 Oct. (Document XVI), DNA:PCC, item 152; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW’s aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton, who wrote the draft, struck out “for treasonable purposes” at this point on that document. He struck out the same words on the LS.

2Judge Advocate Gen. John Laurance brought several papers to the attention of the board (see Document VIII; see also Document I, and n.2).

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