George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 20 April 1781

Head Quarters 20th April 1781

Dear Sir

I have from the necessity of the case respited the two Criminals ’till Tuesday. In the mean time the provost Martial must be tried for refusing to execute his Office as directed by the Warrant—perhaps the Court may make some allowance for the reasons he alledges. If you think there is no need of executing both for the sake of example and can find out which is the most atrocious character between this and Tuesday, I will pardon one of them—Hutton must be tried tomorrow, that if he should be displaced, we may have time to procure another. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt

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