Philadelphia 21st Febry 1781.
I take the liberty to inclose the memorial of Mr Thos Dewes likewise the request of the President & other Members &c. of the Genl Court Martial in his behalf; soliciting that Your Excellency in consideration of his Family conditions would please to remitt the latter part of his sentence. He is fully sensible of his Crime and has told me it was committ’d from an error in his judgement & not with any bad intent to injure the Public—As I was his prosecut[ ] (thro’ the intercession of his friends) on my part have no objection—and on Account of his Brother who lived at Vally Forge I could wish that your Excellency would order the Sentence not to be publish’d—I mean the latter part. I am with the highest regard & esteem You Excellency’s most Obedt Humb Sert
Rich. Humpton Col. 6th P. Regt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.