George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Joseph Gilpin, 30 December 1781

Philada 30th Decemr 1781.


I am exceedingly sorry for the accident of which you inform me in yours of the 25th. The only reparation I can make, is to order the Soldier to be immediately given up to the Civil authority, for which purpose I enclose a letter to the commanding Officer at the Head of Elk.

I take it extremely kind of you, Sir, to have made an application to me upon the present occasion. You undoubtedly had a right by Law to have secured the Offender by virtue of your own authority. I am &ca.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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