George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Laurens, 4 June 1778

To Henry Laurens

Valley forge June 4th 1778.


I take the liberty to transmit you by Express, the inclosed packet, which just arrived at our advanced post by a flag from Sir Henry Clinton. I also transmit a Copy of a Letter I received from him, of the 30th Ulto and of my answer; likewise Copies of his and Lord Howe’s Letters which came to hand by the present flag. The packet, I presume, contains Acts similar to those sent to me.1 I have the Honor to be with great respect & esteem Sir your Most Obedt servant

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; copy, MdAA; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW’s enclosures were: Clinton to GW, 30 May; GW to Clinton, 31 May; Clinton to GW, 3 June; Lord Howe to GW, 27 May; and copies of the three acts of Parliament that the British peace commissioners had sent to GW. Congress read GW’s letter to Laurens and the enclosures on 6 June and referred them to a committee of five. For the delegates’ further deliberations on the peace proposals and their negative response to the British, see Laurens to GW, 6 June; 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 , 11:572–74; and 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 , 10:34–38.

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