Morris Town 8th April 1780
Am Sorry to have Occasion to trouble your Excellency Upon so disagreable a matter, Lieutenant John Hubbart of my Regt who will present you these Lines, had a Furlough Granted him the 2nd of January Last for Eighty Days, which Expierd the 21st of March past, the 3rd Instant the Regt was Mustered and Inspected—Lt Hubbart was not returnd at this time, but Capt Tew who had ben at Morris Town that morning Returnd while the Regt was on the Parade, and Informed me that Lt Hubbart had arrivd in Town the Evening before, and would be in Camp before the Regt was Dismist, upon which I altered the muster Rolls and Returnd him present; Lt Hubbard not Returning this day, the 4th I Sent a Serjeant to him with a Billet in the following words; or words to that purport, Viz,
I am much Surprisd at your Absence from the Regt, as you must be sensible you have allready overstaid your furlough a Number of days, yesterday the Regt was Mustered and Inspected, and upon Capt. Tews informing me that you was in Morris Town and would be in Camp before the troops was dismist the parade, I Returnd you present, and upon receipt of this shall Expect you will Imeaditly Join the Regt, Otherwise I Shall be under the Disagreable Necessity of Returning you absent without Leave.
The Serjt Returnd and brought me the inclosd billet from Mr Hubbart, Hear the Matter rested this Day, the 5th. The Officers were Calld upon to bring in their Rolls and Sware to them, which obligd us to alter the Inspection Return and Rolls once more, and return him absent without leave; between the Hours of Eleven and Twelve A.M. Lt Hubbart arrivd in Camp: I Thought it my duty as he had Conducted to Order him in Arrest; which was Imeaditly done; But from Lt. Hubbarts former conduct, and his being sensible of his Errour now; am Induced to beleave that the fault he has now Committed, arose from Inadvertence, and not from a willfull breach of Orders. Therefore having given a Narrative of the Affair, and Admitted him bearer of the Same, If it be your Excellencys pleasure to overlook the matter, will withdraw the Arrest, but Submit it wholely to your Better Judgement. I am your Excellencys most Obed And very Humble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Morris Town 4th April 1780.
I recd yours per Serjt Hopkins & am sensible of your gratitude, & indulgence, at the same time beg leave to inform you I should have returnd yesterday, but on receiving a billet from His Excellency to dine to day, thought it as well to be here, As at Camp, (I confess my fault in not writing to you on my return) when Capt. Tew was here yesterday I expected to have seen him again & intended to return to Camp in Company with him, but after receiving the invitation I wrote you a billet on the subject, but no opportunity offerd to send it, give me leave to assure you I shall return as soon as possible after dinner—I am Sr with gratitude & esteem your Obet Hble Servt