George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Laurens, 31 May 1778

From Henry Laurens

York Town [Pa.] 31st May 1778


The day before yesterday I troubled Your Excellency with a Letter by Messenger Gray;1 last Night Brigadier McIntosh put into my hands Your Excellency’s favor of the 21st Inst. which shall be laid before Congress to morrow.

Inclosed herein Your Excellency will receive an Act of Congress of the 29th for reforming the North Carolina Battalions now in Camp—as it will afford Your Excellency some information, I have subjoined two additional Resolves to complete that Act the whole of which I shall transmit to Govr Caswell to morrow.2 I remain with the highest Regard & Esteem Sir Your Excellency’s most obedient humble servant

Henry Laurens.
President of Congress.

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

1Joseph Gray had served as a messenger for Laurens since December 1777 and continued to serve so at least until May 1780, when he carried messages for the Board of War.

2The enclosed resolves are printed 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 , 11:550–51. Laurens did not send them to North Carolina governor Richard Caswell until 9 June (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 , 10:51–52).

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