George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Philip Van Cortlandt, 12 June 1782

New York line near Pumpton June 12. 1782

Dear General

After the York line was Inspected I accompanied Colonel Stewart to see the Inspections of the Jersey line, and was there informed that it was your Excellencys pleasure that a certain Abraham Cadmum who had a few days before come to me and desired to be kept in Confinement (and who I had left in Charge with Lieut. Colo. Cochran to be delivered to the Order of Colonel Ogden) was to be sent to Head Quarters; and at same time was served with a Writ of Habeus Corpus to have Cadmus (who was supposed to be in my Custody) sent to the Court Chamber in Morris Town—all which the Colonels Dayton and Ogden were acquainted with—and I then desired Colonel Ogden to write very Particularly to Lieut. Colo. Cochran and to Order Cadmus sent under guard to Head Quarters, this being done I was perfectly assured in my mind that the writ which was served upon me could have no Effect and that the man would be sent on agreable to your pleasure but upon my Arrival which was Yesterday I was Informed that Cadmus had made his Escape and no Account can be had of him; I have already sent to Colo. Ogden and requested that private Orders be given to the Troops at NewArk to have him Apprehended if possible; I am with all respect your Excellencys Obd. & Hume Sert

P. Cortlandt

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