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
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.”