George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Laurance, 20 February 1781

Peekskil February 20th 1781


As I am truely sensible of your Excellencys Attention, in the offer you made me, I am impelled by Gratitude to return you my thanks for it.

It is with much truth that I assure your Excellency, that nothing but a peculiarity of Situation constrains me to decline, what Inclination prompts me to accept. This determination is induced by a full review of my Condition, and as I flatter myself that my Conduct hitherto, has met with your Excellencys Approbation, I cannot but hope, this Instance will not be displeasing. I am With every Sentiment of Respect Your Excellencys Obliged Servant

John Laurance

N.B. A Cold prevents my waiting on Your Excellency in person, which I hope will appoligize for my not [doing] it.

NHi: John Laurance Papers.

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