Head Quarters Bergen County 30th Augt 1780
I return you the proceedings of the Court Martial transmitted in yours of the 23d. The confirmation of the sentence and expediency of carrying it into execution lays with you as General Officer commanding in a separate State—You will also be better able to judge than I can, from being on the spot, of the necessity of making examples of these kind of people, who I am informed make a practice of coming out without Officers for the purpose of carrying off the Horses and Cattle of the inhabitants, and who cannot therefore plead the priviledges of prisoners of War. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt
I have recd the Plumbs for which I am exceedingly obliged.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.