George Washington Papers

To George Washington from David Brearley, 11 August 1780

Trenton August 11th 1780


Complaint has been made to me by a member of the Legislature of Somerset County, together with other respectable inhabitants, that a detachment of Major Lees light dragoons have quartered themselves upon the Inhabitants of that County near Rocky-Hill, without any order of Law, are impressing Forrage by their own authority, and committing other great outrages on the inhabitants—The persons particularly complained against, are, Captain Rudolph, Doctor Irvin and one Stephen Lewis (supposed to be a commissioned officer)—I have forborn issuing my warrant for them, well knowing that every such wanton infraction of the Laws, would meet your Excellencys utmost disapprobation, and that your desire to support order, and the rights of Citizens, would induce you to deliver them, to be dealt with agreeably to the established laws of the State. I have the honor to be, with perfect esteem, your Excellencys, most obedient, humble servt

Davd Brearley

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