General Court Martial of
[Proceedings of a General Court Martial held by Order of Major General John CAMPBELL commanding His Majestys Forces in West Florida; by Virtue of a Warrant from His Excellency Sir Henry CLINTON Knight of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath, General and Commander in Chief of all His Majestys Forces within the Colonies laying on the Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to West Florida inclusive &c. &c. &c.]
Captain JONES being put on his Defence produced it in Writing, which being read is as follows—
Mr. President and Gentlemen
Copy of a Letter from Captn. JONES to Colo. ALLEN
Camp, Fort George 5th July 1780.
I flattered myself Yesterday that I should have had it in my Power, by the Honor of a personal Interview to convince you that no Part of my Conduct on the Parade on Monday Evening proceeded from Disrespect to your Person or Rank, or the most distant Wish to give you Offence, but wholly from a Misunderstanding on my Part.
Conscious of the Innocence of my Intentions, I therefore think it a Duty I owe to my own Honor to take this Method of conveying to you my Sentiments, and at the same Time to apologize will all possible Respect for any Trouble which I have given you on the Occasion.
A Concession of this Nature made to a Man of Honor and Delicacy, by one who has always been desirous to cultivate your Friendship, will I am persuaded be satisfactory, and I cannot but believe will convince you of the Sincerity and Respect wherewith I have the Honor to be, Sir
Your most obedient
Lieut. Colo. ALLEN
Evidence— Captain Patrick KENEDY of the United Corps of Pensylvania and Maryland Loyalists being duly Sworn deposeth that on Tuesday the 4th of July in the Morning Captn. JONES requested him to wait on Colonel ALLEN to acquaint him that he (Captain JONES) was exceedingly concerned for what had passed the Evening before;
that he hoped Colonel ALLEN would not think he meant to offer him any Insult or Affront, and that he was ready to make him any Concessions in his Power:
the Colonel then told him it was too late, and that he was determined to see what a Court Martial would do:
the Colonel repeated the Transaction of the preceeding Evening, which he had not heard the Particulars of before.
He (the Evidence) again repeated that he believed from Captain JONES’s Report to him, that he never meant to offer him any Insult or Affront on that occasion:
the Colonel again repeated that the Insult was very gross, and aggravated by the Presence of an Officer of the Regiment of Waldeck.
He again repeated that he was certain Captain JONES did not intend an Insult; and that he believed Captain JONES was somewhat Merry on the Occasion of the good News, and therefore hoped he would take the Matter into Consideration;
the Colonel seemed to hesitate, which gave him Room to hope that he would overlook the Matter, and receive Concessions.
When he returned to Captn. JONES with the Account of what had passed, he told him that he believed and hoped that the Colonel did not look upon it as a designed Insult in him.
Sentence— The Court having maturely considered the Evidence against the Prisoner Captain Caleb JONES, together with his Defence is of Opinion that he is guilty of the Crime laid to his Charge, which being a Breach of the 5th Article of the Second Section of the Articles of War he is thereby cashiered.
The Court considering the Situation of Capt. JONES, he having from Motives of Loyalty and Affection to his King and Country left his Family and Fortune in Maryland, also acknowledging his Error, and wanting to attone for it, beg Leave to recommend him to His Excellency the Commander in Chief’s known Lenity.
W: STIELL Lt. Colo:
United Corps Court Martial, Part 2
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