George Washington Papers

General Orders, 3 August 1781

Head Quarters near Dobbs Ferry Friday August 3. 1781.

Parole Weathersfield
Countersigns Danbury Newtown

For the Day tomorrow

Brigadier General Patterson

Lieutenant Colonel Badlam

For Picquet Major Spurr.

Inspector Captain Converse.

Lewis Seely Matross in the second regiment of Artillery, Benjamin Harley and Robert Barber Matrosses in the third regiment of Artillery having been confined in the Provost guard at West Point and under sentence of Death since the 28th of May last the execution of which for some very material reasons has been postponed. The Commander in Chief ever ready and willing to extend Mercy to Offenders when there is room to imagine that his Lenity will not be abused and being convinced from the good Conduct of the Troops that an example is not necessary and the Prisoners being favored with the recommendation of their officers thinks proper to extend his Pardon to Lewis Seely, Benjamin Harley and Robert Barber hoping that this instance of his Lenity will have the effect intended and not only be a check to any future impropriety but induce them to act hereafter as becomes the Character of good Soldiers.

The Commanding Officer at Westpoint will order them releas’d and to return to their duty.

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