George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Laurens, 25 May 1778

From Henry Laurens

York Town [Pa.] 25 May 1778


My last to Your Excellency was under the 21st by Wilkinson.

Doctor Scudder on his return to New Jersey is so obliging as to take charge of this, & also of a packet containing 100 Copies of an Act of Congress, half of these in En[g]lish & the other half in German—Recommending to the several States to exempt from Militia duty & to disqualify for acting as Substitutes all prisoners & Deserters from the British Army & Navy during the present War1—Congress apprehend that a proper dispersion of these Acts in the Neighborhood of the Camp & even in the Enemy’s Garrison if practicable, will produce good effects—more of these shall be sent upon the first intimation from Your Excellency. I have the honor to be With the highest Respect & Regard Sir Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble servant

Henry Laurens,
President of Congress.

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 13.

1The enclosed resolution of 22 May is in DLC:GW; see also 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 , 11:522–23.

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