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.