Morris Town 23d Augt 1780
I informed your Excellency in my last that I should immediately give directions to the Colls to exert themselves to compleat their Quotas of recruits in the Jersy Brigade but on looking over our Act for that purpose, I find to my great mortification that the time in which the officers were to procure the Levies for that Service is expired, & with it their Authority to proceed farther in the Business—there is now no other Chance than a new Act, & as our Assembly stands adjourned to the 13th of Sepr, I have, to save as much time as possible, sent for the Speaker to endeavour to prevail on him to call the Assembly as much sooner as they can be convened.
I inclose Hayden’s Affidavit who lately escaped from the Guard in camp, & has since surrender’d him self to Justice on a promise of pardon & in consideration of the discoveries he can make—There appears the greatest corruption in the officer who suffered his Escape, & whom he cannot describe by name, but probably the description he has given in his deposition may be sufficiently designative of the person. I have the honour to be With the greatest Esteem Dear Sir Your Excellencys most humble & very obedt Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
New jersey Morris County s.s. 23 August 1780
Richard Hayden being Duly sworn Saith that he was Removed from the Provost in Bergen County near Coll Deys Under Guard to West-point where he was confined about a week in which time he this Deponant Mentioned to the officer of the Guard his desire to get away from that confinement that he was unWell alledging that he would come to Morris Town or Some where thereabouts and give himself up the officer (whose name this Deponant does not know) answered that he might get out for the Centinals did not know who went out. Some Short time after the Said officer came in again and asked this Deponant if he wanted to go out upon which this Deponant took the hint and put on his Coat and walked out with the Said officer by the Centinals. And further Saith that the Said officer was of the Militia from the Massachusetts and lives about thirty Miles beyond Boston & that it was on Monday the Seventh day of August Instant he made his escape from West-point.
Taken and Sworn before me this 23d Augt 1780