Head Quarters 5th May 1781
His Excellency has determined to have the Quarter Master at Fort pitt and all persons of proper Rank for such a Court as can be held there to be tried upon the spot; which will save a quere of deposition and you a world of trouble. But Brodhead must be determined upon deposition. If you will draw a proper deputation, leaving Blanks for the Name, it shall be transmitted to the Officer next in Command to Colo. Brodhead with directions to fill up the Bla[nks] with the name of the Gentleman usually Officiating as Judge Advocate at the post. Were you to address him a letter of instructions it might tend to more regularity in the issue. I am very sincerly Yours
Plaintiff. Alexander Fowler Esqr. Auditor of Accounts
Defendant Colo. Danl Brodhead.
NHi: John Laurance Papers.