George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel John Lamb, 11 October 1780

From Colonel John Lamb

West-Point, 11th October 1780


I this Day received a Letter from Mr Edwards Depty Judge Advocate, informing me, that Joshua Smith, has requested I would attend the Court Martial; As a Witness in his Case; And that, your Excellency had directed that I should be Summoned to attend.1

As I am at present afflicted with a Disorder, that prevents my Riding on Horse-Back; And have reason to believe, that, as I know nothing of his Conduct, my testimony will neither operate for, nor against him, I shall defer setting out till your further pleasure may be known.

I conceive, that, any Questions Mr Smith may think proper to Ask me, might be proposed to me, by Genl Green, and my Answers obtained, without putting me to the disagreable necessity of travelling in my present situation; If your Excellency thinks it absolutely necessary, I will attend as soon as possible. I shall be happy to be honored with a Line, on the Subject.2 I am, with every Sentiment of Respect, Your Excellency’s Most Obdt Servant.

LB, NHi: Lamb Letterbook.

1This letter from Deputy Judge Advocate Gen. Thomas Edwards to Lamb has not been identified.

2For GW’s reply, see Document XII; see also Document XI.

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