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Letter from General Washington to the General Court of Massachusetts-Bay


At a Court of Inquiry held at Cambridge, on Wednesday, the 29th day of November, 1775, by order of his Excellency the Commander-in-Chief of the Forces of the United Colonies, to examine into the conduct of Lieutenant-Colonel Enos, for leaving the detachment under Colonel Arnold, and returning home, without permission from his commanding officer, present:

Major-General Lee, President; Brig˙ General Greene, Brig˙ General Heath, Colonel Nixon, Colonel Stark, Major Durkee, Major Sherburne.

The Court are of opinion, after receiving all the information within their power, that Colonel Enos' s misconduct (if he has been guilty of misconduct) is not of so very heinous a nature as was first supposed, but that it is necessary, for the satisfaction of the world, and for his own honour, that a Court-Martial should be immediately held for his trial.

CHARLES LEE, Maj˙ General, President.

A true copy, from the Minutes of said Court, compared and examined by

W˙ TUDOR, Judge Advocate.