George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Laurens, 9 June 1778

To Henry Laurens

Head Quarters Valley Forge 9th June 1778.


I was favoured with yours of the 6th Inst. inclosing copies of your answers to Lord Howe and General Clinton. The originals I sent in early this morning by a flag.

I have the honor to transmit you a duplicate of a letter I received from Sir Henry Clinton for the purpose of procuring a passport for Doctor Ferguson (the secretary to the Kings Commission) to Congress, with my answer to him;1 on the subject of which, congress, will be pleased to favor me with their instructions. I have the honor to be with great respect your very hble servt

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LS, in James McHenry’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 11 June and referred it to a committee of three (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 , 11:585).

1See Henry Clinton to GW, and GW to Clinton, both this date.

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