Pompton, 28th Feby 1783.
I have the Honour of your Excellency’s Letter of the 18th Current, directing me to furnish the Judge-Advocate with the Charges against Lieut. Kenny.
If there is any Thing criminal in Lieut. Kenny’s Conduct contained in the Report I made to your Excellency, I conceive the Adjutant-General will be the proper Person to furnish the Judge-Advocate with the Charges against him. It was my Duty to report the Facts to your Excellency, but I never meant thereby to involve myself in a Prosecution. Should your Excellency think fit to direct one against him, the Evidences will attend the Judge-Advocate’s Call, to prove any Points stated in my Report. I have therefore to request, your Excellency will not insist on my furnishing the Charges against Lieut. Kenny, as common Prudence as well as private Reasons will in future prevent my having any Thing more to do with Courts Martial than what real Duty and Necessity requires. I have the Honour to be, With great Respect, Your Excellency’s most obedient And most devoted humble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.