Response About Status of Officer Who Refused to Lodge a Plea

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Date July 13, 1799
Author Name James McHenry (primary)
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Responds to Adams' request for McHenry's opinion on the matter of Ensign David Fero, who was sentenced to dismissal from the army some time before, and had appealed to Adams. Considers the question of whether Fero's refusal to plead innocent or guilty (instead "standing mute") should affect his status, reviewing military and civil precedents, and concludes that such persons were still punished if found guilty. Importunes Adams to not yield to Fero's obstinacy, as it would do injury to the service and the president's reputation. Mentions that a letter informing Fero of his discharge has already been sent.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes The second collection partially duplicates the first.
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; Ensign David Fero; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; ;
Keywords sentence; general court martial; conduct; opinion; ;
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