George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Laurens, 8 July 1778

From Henry Laurens

Philadelphia 8th July 1778


I beg leave to refer to a private Letter of yesterday by Gray, in which I acknowledged the receipt of Your Excellency’s Letters to Congress of the 28th & 29th Ulto & 1st Inst. I should have added the 21st Ulto which came to hand the 2d Inst.

With some difficulty a Congress was collected yesterday, Your Excellency’s Letters were immediately taken under consideration & the House unanimously Resolved a Vote of thanks for Your Excellency’s approved conduct from the time when the Army left Valley forge Camp to the conclusion of the Battle of Monmouth a Certified Copy of which I have the honor & particular happiness of transmitting within the present Cover.

I have likewise the pleasure of conveying an Act of the same date for thanking the Gallant Officers & Men under Your Excellency’s Command who by their conduct & valor distinguished themselves in that Battle.1 I have the honor to be With the highest Esteem & Regard—Sir Your Excellency’s Most obedient & Most humble servant

Henry Laurens.
President of Congress—

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 13. The ALS is docketed in part, “ansd 12.” A notation on the letter-book copy indicates that the letter was carried “by Major Putnam.”

1The enclosed resolutions, on a single page signed by Secretary of Congress Charles Thomson, are 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 , 11:672–73).

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