Head Quarters 10th June 1782
In compliance with my promise made to Lieut. General Robinson in my Letter to him of the 4th of May, Enquiry has been made into the circumstances of the Detention of Hetfield & Bagely; the result of which, I do myself the Honor to transmit to your Excellency; and is contained in the inclosed Copy of a Report made by Chief Justice Brearly of the State of New Jersey, to His Excellency Governor Livingston, explaing the Reasons which have induced the civil power of that State to apprehend & detain those persons; an Extract of the Governors Letter to me also accompanies this Report.
As these persons have not been taken, nor are holden under the military power, it is unnecessary for me to make any Observations on the subject. My general Opinion however, on cases of this Nature, is contained in my Letter of the aforementioned date, to General Robinson, an Extract of which, so far as relates to this Business, is inclosed for your Excellency’s Observance. I have the Honor to be sir Your Excellency’s Most Obedient and most humble Servant
PRO: Carlton Papers.