Robinsons House 24th November 1780
I hope this Letter and the Proceedings of the Court of Enquiry into my Conduct, will both be handed to your Excellency at the same time.
Being fully conscious of my own Integrity, I have no doubt but the Report will be such as must silence the most malicious.
As Your Excellency has been pleas’d to comply with Col. Varick’s Request respecting the Publication of the Report of the Court of Enquiry, in his Case; I have every Reason to hope your Humanity & Indulgence in this Instance will also be extended to me, and if entirely consonant to Your Excellency’s Judgement, the same Mode of Publication may be pursued.
The length of time which has elapsed since Arnold Defection makes me very solicitous that the Report may be put in orders as soon as possible, many People are to this Hour inclin’d to think that my Connection with Arnold could not be void of criminallity.
Reposing entire Confidence in Your Excellency’s Goodness, I remain Sir with the highest Respect Your most obliged & obedient humble Servant
Davd S. Franks
DLC: Papers of George Washington.