George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Watson Tadwell Watson, 5 June 1782


New York June 5th 1782.


The Arrival of Captain Ludlow of the Brigade of Guards, in this place, brought us intelligence of a Conduct so very extraordinary, that the Annals of History furnish no Anecdoete of a similar Proceeding.

The astonishment of all orders of Men was equal on hearing the Account, but having the Honor at present of commanding the Brigade in which Captain Asgill is an Officer, I felt myself too interested, not to wait on the Commander in Chief to learn his Opinion.

He did me the honor to inform me that upon this, as upon every other occasion, his endeavour should be exerted to put himself perfectly in the right. that he presumed in an affair of this importance General Washington would be as cautious not to put himself in the wrong.

So far only, am I justified in speaking of the Commander in Chief; but as Captain Asgills commanding Officer, I think it right to inform you, that Lipponcot a Prisoner confined on suspicion of being accessary to the death of Huddy—having been brought before a General Court Martial for that Offence, urged the incompetency of that Court to try him, & refused to plead—in consequence of this, the Court was adjourned with the design of consulting the Crown Lawyers.

A Council was called for the purpose of investigating every thing that might be offer’d upon that subject.

The prisoners Plea has been overuled & in my situation I consider it my duty to inform you, that the Members of that Court Martial are again order’d to Assemble for going on with the tryal of the Prisoner Lippincot. I am Sir Your humble Servant

Jno. W.T. Watson Lt Col.

Comdg Brigde of Guards

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