Albany May 11th 1782
Inclosed is the proceedings and result of a Court Martial, for the trial of Shem Kentfield by enquiry, I find his character to be such that I cannot suggest the least hint in his favour, The deposition annex’d was brought inclosed, by an Officer, and no doubt is genuine, if your Excellency is disposed to approve of the sentence and order it put in execution, would humbly suggest, whether he had not best be removed, and executed in presence of the first New Hampshire Regiment (into which he had inlisted,) which is now at Saratoga. I am with every sentiment of the most profound respect your Excellency’s most obedient Humble Servant
Ben. Tupper Colo. Comt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.