George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Laurens, 6 November 1780

Philadelphia 6th November 1780

My dear General.

Riveted to head quarters by my attachment to Your Excellency and the patronage with which you have been pleased to honor me, nothing but the approaching critical junction of southern affairs and the expectation of my countrymen could induce me to sollicit a farther leave of absence in case of my exchange—I profess myself too much a continentalist to be affected by local interests—but I indulge a hope that my acquaintance with the country and connexions as a southern man may enable me to be of some ability in the new theatre of the war—and the present season of tranquility here, appears too favorable an opportunity to be overlooked—these motives which I submit to Your Excellency, prompt me to entreat your permission to join the southern army for the ensuing Campaign—if they are sanctioned by your answer, nothing will detain me in this city but your commands—however remote from Your Excellency I shall invariably be warned by those sentiments of gratitude and veneration which you alone have inspired—and be on all occasions ambitious to prove myself Your Excellencys faithful Aid.

John Laurens

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