George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Laurens, 17 December 1777

From Henry Laurens

York [Pa.] 17th Decemr 1777.


I had this Morning the honour of receiving Your Excellency’s dispatch dated 14th & 15th Currt inclosing Copy of a Letter from Lt Genl Burgoyne, which, without reading them through, I sent directly to Congress, from whence I am this moment charged with a Resolve, formed, I presume, as the present necessary direction for a reply to the British General’s application to your Excellency.1 The business appearing to me to demand all decent respect & dispatch I shall put it immediately in motion. I have the honour to be with sincere Esteem & regard &ca.

LB, DNA:PCC, item 13. The LB indicates that this letter was sent to GW “per [William] Jones” at the Gulph.

1Congress’s resolution of this date directs GW to inform John Burgoyne that it would “not receive nor consider any proposition for indulgence or altering the terms of the convention of Saratoga, unless immediately directed to their own body” (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 9:1032).

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