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From George Washington to Henry Laurens, 4 September 1778

To Henry Laurens

White plains—Sep. 4th 1778

Dear Sir,

I am your debtor for two Letters bearing date the 28th & 29th Ulto1—The contents shall be the subject of a future address.

Feeling myself interested in every occurrance that tends to the honor of your worthy Son; and sensible of the pleasure it must give you to hear his Just plaudit, I take the liberty of transcribing a paragraph of General Greens Letter to me (giving some Acct of the conduct of particular Officers in the action on Rhode Island):

“Our Troops behaved with great spirit, and the Brigade of Militia under the Command of Genl Lovel advanced with great resolution, and in good order; and stood the fire of the Enemy with great firmness—Lt Colo. Livingston, Colo. Jackson, & Colo. H.B. Livingston did themselves great honor in the transactions of the day. But it is not in my power to do justice to Colo. Laurens, who acted both the Genl & Partizan—His command of regular Troops was small, but he did every thing possible to be done, by their numbers.”2

Major Morris affords me too good an oppertunity of returning your paper parcel of gold, sent me by Messenger Jones, to pass by—& therefore I embrace it—A more particular acknowledgement of, and thanks for this favor, shall, as I have promised before, be conveyed in my next—At present I shall only assure you—& with the most perfect truth I can do it, that with every sentiment of regard and Affection, I have the Honor to be Dr Sir, Yr Most Obedt & Obligd Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, CSmH; ADfS, DLC:GW; copy, ScHi: Henry Laurens Papers; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1GW was acknowledging Laurens’s private letter of 28 August.

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