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[ September 20, 1777. On September 21, 1777, Hamilton and Laurens wrote to Sullivan : “We have just received your favour of Yesterday.” Letter not found .] Laurens, like H, was an aide-de-camp of Washington. A native of South Carolina and the son of Henry Laurens, John Laurens was H’s closest friend in Washington’s official family.
You cant oblidge me more than by giving me a Line to Inform whether you are, or are not alive ; I begin to grow Suspicions and am therefore uneasy. I Should be Exceeding unhappy if you were to Steal a march upon me During the present Contest. I am Determined to See it out. I wrote a Line beging your opinion upon Some Points but (Like Saul in Distress) I can get no answer. I fear Therefore...
Being informed by Judge Livermore that Mr Pickering and myself are nominated for this District; may I ask the favor of your influence in my behalf; you know both our standing in the Law Department, & know that he never had the preference there given him; you know the part I took in the American Contest, and cannot be ignorant that he refused from the commencement of Hostilities untill 1780 to...
Nothing has given me more uneasiness than to find General Conway is about Leaving our Army on Account of Some French Gentlemen who were inferiour in Rank to him while they Remained in their own Country being promoted over him. This he Says was the only Thing he guarded against in his agreement with Mr. Dean and with Congress, but is now So unhappy as to find not only persons who held Inferiour...
I Recollect That I Stand Indebted to you one Letter for your favor of the 22d. Feby and have nothing to plead in Excuse for nonpayment but want of Ability. I had Just before I was honoured with your Letter received a Fall from my Horse which Disabled me from writing. I Soon after went to the Eastward and did not return till the 15th Instant. Since which I have been much Engaged in getting...
Letter not found : from Maj. Gen. John Sullivan, 6 Sept. 1778. On 9 Sept., GW wrote Sullivan : “I am favd with yours of the 5th and 6th.”
Letter not found: from Maj. Gen. John Sullivan, 28 Oct. 1779 . GW wrote Sullivan on 31 Oct.: “I have your favr of the 28th.”
Letter not found: from Maj. Gen. John Sullivan, 14 June 1777. GW begins his second letter to Sullivan of 14 June by saying that “I am favd with yours of this morning.”
I have hitherto delayed troubling congress with any accounts from this quarter, from a hope, that before this time I should have been able to have given them more favourable accounts from this quarter, than is now in my power. My duty to the publick & regard to my own reputation, compel me to State to congress the reasons of the army under my command being so long delayed at this post, without...
[ Durham, N.H., 17 Apr. 1787 . Recorded in SJL as received 26 Sep. 1787 (not found); enclosed in Sullivan to TJ, 29 May 1787 . See Sullivan to TJ, 16 Apr. 1787 ; TJ to Sullivan, 5 Oct. 1787 .]