General Court Martial of Lieutenant Nathaniel Fitzpatrick
[Please be advised that this court martial contains testimony of a mature nature.]
[Continuation of a general court martial of Lieutenant Nathaniel FITZPATRICK of the Queen's American Rangers for behaving in a Scandalous infamous Manner such as is unbecoming the Character of an Officer and a Gentleman.]
Saturday the 30th May 1778.
The Court being met pursuant to Adjournment.
Lieutenant FITZPATRICK being put upon his Defence call’d upon Ensign George MASSEY of the 49th Regiment of Foot, who being duly sworn was examin’d,
Q. Does he recollect, whilst the Queens Rangers were at Salem, to have spent an Evening at Lieutenant FITZPATRICK’s Room, and to have lain there?
Q. Does he recollect at any time that Evening and particularly when Lieutenant FITZPATRICK was going to bed, Mary DUCHÉ coming to his apartment and for what purpose?
Q. (by the Court) Does he know whether she came of her own accord, or was sent for?
Q. Did she come then a second time that Evening?
Q. (by Lt. Col. SIMCOE) Has he ever been at Captain MURRAY’s Quarters?
Q. Is he acquainted with Captain MURRAY?
Q. Did he ever dine or sup there during Captain MURRAY’s absence?
Ensign Edward COLLER of the 5th Regiment of Foot, being duly sworn was Examin’d.
Q. Was he at any time in Lieutenant FITZPATRICK’s Room, whilst the Queens Rangers were at Salem, and did he ever see Mary DUCHÉ Captain MURRAY’s Girl there?
Q. In what manner did he see her behave towards Lieutenant FITZPATRICK?
Q. After he had seen her behaviour, what caution did Lieutenant FITZPATRICK give him (the Witness) respecting her?
Q. Did he not learn from her the reason why Lieutenant FITZPATRICK was left behind?
Q. How long after she was parted from Captain MURRAY had he (the Witness) any Connection with her and did she disorder him?
Q. (by the Court) Did she say that Lieutenant FITZPATRICK had lain with her?
Q. Did he hear the reason that she left Captain MURRAY?
Q. (by Lt. Col. SIMCOE) Did he dine frequently at Captain MURRAY’s Quarters during his absence?
Q. Is he acquainted with Captain MURRAY?
Q. Did he ever lay with Mary DUCHÉ in Captain MURRAY’s Room during his absence?
Q. (by desire of Lt. FITZPATRICK) Did Mary DUCHÉ ask him to dine with her?
Lieutenant Robert PATRICK, of the 5th Regiment of Foot, being duly sworn was examin’d,
Q. Has he ever been acquainted with Mary DUCHÉ, since she was parted from Captain MURRAY and how long afterwards?
Q. Did he receive any injury to his health by being Connected with her, and how long did she live with him?
Captain James MURRAY of the Queens Rangers being duly sworn was examin’d.
Q. Did not Lieutenant FITZPATRICK make an apology to him for the Injury he Conceived that he had done him?
Q. Did he not accept of the apology, so far as to say that he was sorry that the matter had gone so far, and that the reason of not answering his (Lieutenant FITZPATRICK’s) Letter was that he waited for an opportunity to see Colonel SIMCOE, and beg that the matter might be dropt.
Q. Had he any reason at any time, previous to this affair to think Lieutenant FITZPATRICK’s Conduct as an Officer and a Gentleman of such a nature as to merit the disapprobation of the Officers of the Regiment so much as to induce the Subalterns to refuse doing duty with him?
Q. (by Lt. Col. SIMCOE) Was he not disorder’d by Mary DUCHÉ?
Q. At what time?
Q. Did she not tell him that it was by Lieutenant FITZPATRICK that she had been disorder’d?
Q. Did he leave Mary DUCHÉ in the care of Lieutenant FITZPATRICK?
Q. (by the Court) At the time that Lieutenant FITZPATRICK made an apology to him, did he acknowledge that he had disorder’d the Girl?
Q. Is he certain that it was by Mary DUCHÉ that he was disorder’d and what are his reasons for being so?
Q. Did he shew the letter he receiv’d from Lieutenant FITZPATRICK, making an apology to the Officers of Colonel SIMCOE’s Corps?
Q. What was their opinion upon it?
Q. At the time that he shew’d the Letter, did he tell them that he look’d upon it as a sufficient apology from Lieutenant FITZPATRICK?
Q. Has he any reason to think that Lieutenant FITZPATRICK put him to any Considerable expence during his absence?
Great Britain, Public Record Office, War Office, Class 71, Volume 86, Pages 291-310.
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