George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Laurens, 4 May 1778

To Henry Laurens

Head Quarters Valley Forge 4 May 1778


Last night at 11 oClock, I was honored with your despatches of the 3d. The Contents afford me the most sensible pleasure. Mr Simeon Deane had informed me, by a line from Bethlehem, that he was the Bearer of the Articles of alliance &ca between France and the States.1

I shall defer celebrating this happy event in a suitable manner, untill I have liberty from Congress to announce it publickly. I will only say, that the army are anxious to manifest their joy upon the occasion.2

Inclosed you have a letter which I received a few days ago from Lord Stirling, and which, at his request, I lay before Congress with its contents.3 I am with the greatest Esteem and Respect Sir Your most obt Servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW; copy, ScHi: Henry Laurens Papers.

1Deane’s letter to GW has not been found.

2The official celebration took place at Valley Forge on 6 May; see General Orders, 5 May.

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