Newport 9th May 1780
I have the Honor to Inclose the proceedings of the Court Martial Held by your Excellencys Order. I have at this post my Regt and about fifty States Troops. The Officers at the post or on Duty in the State are not a Sufficient Number for a Genl Court Martial The States Officers all being Dischargd except Two We are in no way to get Pay or Clothing for the Regt but by Sending to Head Quarters for Warrants, The expence of Traveling is Too great for a Pay Masters wages for Such a journey These Considerations makes [wish] to join the Army. I will notwithstanding Cheerfully comply with what your Excellency Directs. I am with the Greatest Respect your Excellency’s Most Obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.