MOSES HAZEN. Autograph Letter Signed, to Colonel Jonathan Chase, requesting that he attend the trial of Isaac Tichenor to give evidence. 1 page, folio; faint scattered foxing, docketing verso, folds. Springfield, 18 April 1780
"The Court martial for the Trial of Mr. Isaac Tichenor Commissary of Purchases has been Convened at this place. The Court has found It necessary to adj[o]urn to Charlestown and there to meet on monday the 24th Instant at 10 O'Clock in the fore noon. Your Evidence will be Necessary on that Day; or as Soon after as you can Possibly attend; not so much on the Principal Charges Exhibited against Mr. Tichenor, as for the Credit of Justice Due; and future protection of your own Country--which will much Depend on the event of this Trial. . . ."
In February of 1780, Hazen wrote to George Washington to request a court martial to try a number of Hazen's charges against Tichenor including negligence, failure to obey orders, mismanagement and corruption. Washington ordered the court martial, which was begun in April--by October, Tichenor was cleared of all charges.
From the Collection of William Wheeler III.
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