George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Laurens, 18 November 1778

To Henry Laurens

Head Quarters Fredericksburgh [N.Y.] Novemr 18th 1778


Count Kolhowski, who will have the honor of delivering you this, is a Polish officer, who is desirous of entering into our service. I inclose Your Excellency two letters in his favour from Doctor Franklin and Mr Deane; added to which he is recommended to me by Count Pulaski, as a brave and useful officer, who served under him in Poland.1 He wishes him to be placed in his legion with the rank of Captain and the pay of Lieutenant—to perform the duties of the last—’till he can give proofs of his talents and obtain some other employ. With very great esteem and respect I have the honor to be Sir Your most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Alexander Hamilton’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Congress read this letter on 25 November and referred it to the Board of War (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 , 12:1161).

1The enclosures were Silas Deane to GW, 14 June 1777 (DNA:PCC, item 103), and Benjamin Franklin to GW, 13 June 1777 (DNA:PCC, item 82). For more on these letters, see GW to Silas Deane, 13 Aug. 1777, n.1; Casimir Pulaski to GW, 15 Nov. 1778; and Franklin Papers description begins William B. Willcox et al., eds. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin. 40 vols. to date. New Haven, 1959—. description ends , 24:157–58.

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