From Henry Laurens
Bruxels 12th April 1782
If you can recollect the hand writing of an old friend as it is presum’d you will, put full confidence in Mr William the bearer of this,1 and give him your direction without a moments delay for the further steps of—
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “The Honorable John Adams Esquire Hague.”; endorsed: “Henry L.”
1. William Vaughan, who delivered Henry Laurens’ first direct communication with JA since his release from the Tower of London, was the younger brother of Benjamin Vaughan, a protégé of Lord Shelburne. Benjamin Vaughan acted as an intermediary between Laurens and Shelburne (Laurens, Papers description begins The Papers of Henry Laurens, ed. Philip M. Hamer, George C. Rogers Jr., and David R. Chesnutt (from vol. 5), David R. Chesnutt and C. James Taylor (from vol. 11), and others, Columbia, S.C., 1968–2003; 16 vols. description ends , 15:474–476, 482).