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Confession of One of the Thieves who Stole Powder from West Point

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CollectionUnited States Military Academy: Letterbook No.2 West Point 1786-90 (no image)
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Date October 20, 1787
Author Name William Price (primary) Location: West Point
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Mr. Cooper returned from Newburgh and told Price that he suspected Jones of having got and sold powder from West Point last fall. Price followed up on Cooper's statement and found evidence to support it, on which basis he had a warrant issued for Jones' arrest. Jones confessed before Justices of the Peace that he bought two barrels of powder from Welsh and helped Duane carry off four barrels. Jones did not describe how the thieves had gotten into the magazine, which was locked. The Justice, Benjamin Carpenter, set bail at fifty pounds but no one stood bail for Jones, and he was ordered to be transferred to jail the next day. Jones managed to escape that night. When Price returned, he asked the guard of the magazine about the thefts, describing Jones to him. The guard made a candid confession to Price, enclosed. Duane, mentioned in Jones' confession, lives above Albany. Benjamin Hudson lives on Long Island. Isaac Ford, a soldier also mentioned in the confessions, is a deserter, whereabouts unknown. Neither Welsh nor Wiat, charged with the thefts, have been tried because Captain Burbeck cannot form a court martial without Moor and Luse. Price asks for directions on how to proceed. Price also asks whether he should the casks purchased to hold powder should be paid for on delivery or afterwards.
Document Format Letterbook
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; William Price; Mr. Cooper; Jones; Justice of the Peace; Welsh; Duane; Doane; Doone; Benjamin Carpenter; bondsman; constable; guard; Benjamin Hudson; Isaac Ford; deserter; Wiat; Wyatt; Moor; Moore; Luse; Lun; Captain Burbeck; General; ;
Related Places West Point; Newburgh; river; gaol; jail; magazine; New City; Albany; Long Island; ;
Keywords powder; last fall; information; inquiries; warrant; examined before two justices; confessed; bought; barrels of powder; examination; false key; bail; mittimus; secured; escape; rocks; candid confession; deserted; tried; court martial; casks; payment; ;
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