As I have finished all my affairs, and am given to understand that you will probably set out soon for South Carolina, I take the liberty of addressing you this letter, which is to close our correspondence forever. Till very lately I was taught to consider you as a pompous, ridiculous, dramatic person, a mere Malvolio, never to be thought or spoken of but for the sake of laughter, and when the humor for laughter subsided never to be thought or spoken of more; but I find I was mistaken; I find that you are as malignant a scoundrel as you are universally allowed to be, a ridiculous and disgusting Coxcomb. You say that I am legally disgraced by the absurd and ridiculous sentence of the Court martial by which I was tried; all I shall say in reply is that I can, with confidence, pronounce that every man of every rank in the Army, who was present at the trial, every man out of the Army, every man on the whole Continent (perhaps indeed I might except Mr. Penn of North Carolina, with a few others of his level of Understanding) who has read the proceedings, is of opinion that the stigma is not on him on whom the sentence was passed, but on those who passed it. To do you justice, I do not believe you quite blockhead enough to think the charges had a shadow of support. With respect to the confirmation of this curious sentence, I do not conceive myself at liberty to make any comments on it, as it is an affair of Congress, for which body I ever had and ought to have the most profound respect. I shall
If you think the terms I have made use of severe and unmerited, my friend Major Edwards is commissioned to point out the remedy.