Highlands, May 10. 1782.
A general court-martial has been sitting since monday on the trial of two serjeants and a soldier of the Connecticut line—they have not yet closed the trial. I am informed they find it difficult to get the evidence necessary to convict them, except the soldier—the moment I receive the proceedings they shall be forwarded to Your Excellency. There is a great jealousy among the officers that there is yet something in agitation among the troops, particularly among the noncommissioned officers. Every possible means is in exercise to discover it, but nothing can be developed. The guards at the Point, magazine, &c. have for several nights been doubled.
It is with pain that I hint this to your Excellency; for it is cruel even to doubt the fidelity of any of the troops: but there is certainly something very particular in their meeting and conversing frequently together—and should any thing extraordinary happen, it may be thought strange that it was never noticed or mentioned to those whom I conceive should be acquainted with every interesting occurrence. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect, Your Excellency’s most obedient servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.