George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Laurens, 13 February 1778

From Henry Laurens

[York, Pa.] 13th febry 1778.


I had the honour of writing to your Excellency by Messenger Barry under the 8th Inst.

Inclosed with this Your Excellency will be pleased to receive An Act of Congress of the 9th for restraining Malconduct in Continental Officers Civil & Military & for correcting an abuse in the Civil Line in appointing Supernumeraries.1 I have the honour to be with great Re[gar]d.

LB, DNA:PCC, item 13. Laurens sent the letter “per Sharp a light Horse Man.” Joseph Sharp (b. 1753) of Rowan County, N.C., served as an express rider for Congress throughout 1778. In 1781 he was captain of a company of state light cavalry.

1The enclosed resolve is in 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 , 10:139–40.

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