George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Weedon, 24 August 1780

Fredericksburg Augst 24th 1780

Dear Sir,

The present Military [law] for raising three thousand New levies, Exempts Classes that apprehends and Delivers over Diserters, from being draughted. I clearly see that under this head many Impositions will take place, as the Officers Stationd at the different places of Rendezvouse will not be able without a Court of Enquiry, to Investigate thoroughly the case of every one that will be brought to him as such. I have had an Opportunity within these two days of seeing this so fully Verified as to leave no Doubt with me, And would therefore take the liberty of Suggesting to your Excellency, whether it would not be Eligable to Isssue your Proclamation declaring no Division Exempt but such as from a true state of the Case Delivered over one that was proven to be a Deserter, Also warning Officers Stationd for the purpose of receiving them, from giving Receipts where any doubt remain’d; and was your Excellency to offer a free pardon to all Deserters who Delivered themselves up by a given day it would in my Opinion be a means of geting some hundreds more men, for knowing they can no longer Secrete themselves, would make a virtue of Necessity and Deliver themselves up. All those who made those Escapes from Blufords rout cannot be Considered as Diserters tho’ some have been brought to this post as coming under that Dinomination Indeed two were brought to me Yesterday as Diserters who had m[ade] their Escapes from the Enemy in Charles Town, your Excellencies proclamation might Also Assemble those who Escaped from Blufords Defeat, as well all such who belongs to the Captive C[   ]s. I have the honor to be Yr Excellencies Most Obt St

G. Weedon



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