West Point October 26th 1780 —
I was yesterday honored with yours of the 24th instant to which I shall attend. The officers of Colonel Sheldon’s regiment having solicited a pardon for Greene the Culprit, I granted it. The two prisoners under sentence of death whom I mentioned in a former letter are William Burtis and Reuben Weeks taken at or near the lines; they have been a long time confined and sentenced.
besides those I have two others under sentence of death since I came here one for deserting several times, and the other intending to desert from the Garrison of Fort Schuyler and inducing others to desert &c. Some of them I think ought to suffer, but whether it will be adviseable to execute the whole (as multiplied punishments destroy the intention of them by becoming too familiar) I submit to your Excellency. Probably the proceedings of the Court on Burtis may be at Head quarters. The names of Loveberry & Ackerly are not among the Prisoners Confined here. I have the honor to be, With the greatest respect Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.