George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 6 November 1780

Head Quarters 6th Nov 1780.

My Dear Marquis

As you are in a fixed Camp, you can make your trial & punishment as summary as need be— and where the latter can be inflicted legally it is to be preferred—I therefore advise you, to Order a Court Martial to be convened immediately for the trial of the Culprits— and if they are condemnedto have one or two of the greatest offenders immediately executed.

The measures you are about to pursue to stop this licentious spirit, I much approve & wish you to carry them into execution— I shall put something in Orders to day respecting passes &c. I am very sincerely Yr Affectionate Servt,

Go. Washington

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