George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Laurens, 23 October 1778

From Henry Laurens

[Philadelphia] 23d October [1778]


I had the honor of addressing Your Excellency Yesterday by Jones, and also of receiving and presenting to Congress Your Excellency’s favor of the 18th with the Refugee Petition to the British Commissioners. This, I understand will appear in print tomorrow, and be prefaced by a private hand. Congress heard it read and paid no other attention to it.1

Inclosed in this Your Excellency will receive an Act of Congress of the 22nd ordering Major General Gates to the Command of the forces in the Eastern District.2 I have the honor to be &c.

LB, DNA:PCC, item 13. The heading to this letter on the manuscript includes the notation: “by Thomas Crawford from the Quarter Master.”

1This petition appeared in the Pennsylvania Packet or the General Advertiser (Philadelphia) for 24 Oct.; it also was published in the Pennsylvania Evening Post (Philadelphia) for 23 October. For the text of the petition, see Charles Scott to GW, 15 Oct. (second letter), n.2.

2The enclosed act is 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 , 12:1038.

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