<br /> Lee Letter: n122

Washington and Lee University

Sender: George Washington
Recipient: Henry Lee

Dear Sir:

I have reed. your favr. of the 10th. I am sorry to find that the
repairs of your accoutrements and the general indisposition of your
Horses, will prevent your moving so soon as could have been wished, but
I have confidence in your making no greater delay than is absolutely
necessary.

The Board of War having powers to order General Courts Martial the prisoner
you mention may be tried at Philadelphia, but it is worth considering
whether you can have him tried and the proceedings sent up for my
approbation (which will be necessary) and an answer returned before the
Corps will probably march. The example, should he be found guilty and
sentenced to death, is wanted more immediately for your own people than
the Army at large, and therefore the desired good effect would be lost,
should you march before the trial can be regularly gone thro’ and the
proceedings confirmed. You omitted to inclose the letters from Virginia
to which you refer.

I wish you an expeditious, safe and agreeable march and every honor and
success to yourself and your Corps, as I am
etc.1

Notes:

1 The draft is in the writing of Tench Tilghman.