George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Laurens, 25 March 1778

From Henry Laurens

25 March [1778]


I had the honour of writing to Your Excellency on the 21st Inst. by Fred. Weir.1

This will inclose Duplicates of Acts of Congress of the 19th January & 18th March—also an Act of the 23d for accepting the Resignation of Colonel Webb.2

Colo. Armand who promises to deliver this with great expedition will not afford me time to send to the Secretary’s Office for the dates of two of Your Excellency’s favors which I think came to hand since my last,3 these shall be properly noted when I have the honour of next addressing your Excellency, meantime I remain with the utmost respect & Esteem &ca.

LB, DNA:PCC, item 13.

1Frederick Weare (Weir), whom Laurens endorsed as “an honest careful Man & of good responsibility,” acted as a messenger for Laurens at least from December 1777 through March 1778 (Laurens to William Heath, 7 Mar., MHi: Heath Papers; see also Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 9:236).

2For the resolution of 19 Jan. regulating the pay of Continental officers captured by the enemy, see 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 , 10:61–62; GW had requested a copy of that resolution in his second letter to Laurens of 16 March. For the resolution of 18 Mar., see Laurens to GW, 21 Mar., and note 2. For the acceptance of Col. Charles Webb’s resignation, see ibid., 278.

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