West Point May 17th 1781
I have perused the Papers delivered me, Yesterday, by Lieut. Colonel Humphreys, who informed me that the Persons, mentioned in them, were Subjects of the State of Connecticut; and resided in that State when apprehended. I am therefore of Opinion that A Court Martial could not properly take Cognizance of the Facts they are charged with, unless the Court acted under a Law of the State, in which Case it should be mentioned in the proceedings. I am very respectfully Your Excellencys Obedeint Servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.