George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Laurance, 17 May 1781

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

John Laurance

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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