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To George Washington from Henry Laurens, 25 June 1778

From Henry Laurens

York Town [Pa.] 25th June 1778

Sir.

On the 23d I had the honor of presenting Your Excellency’s Letter of the 20th & last Evening of receiving one of the 22d which shall be presented this Morning.1

Congress have been so attentive to Confederation some five or six days past, as to admit of scarcely another consideration—& have now Resolved to adjourn to Philadelphia on the 27th.2 I therefore judge it best to return the bearer with this acknowledgement. My Prayers & most Cordial wishes attend Your Excellency—& I remain Sir Your Excellency’s Obedient & Most humble servant

Henry Laurens, President of Congress.

ALS (photocopy), DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 13.

1See 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 , 11:632, 642.

2Laurens wrote a brief letter to GW on 27 June that “Covered an Act of Congress of 25th for the defence of Rhode Island & prov: Plantations & a Gazette of this date” (DNA:PCC, item 13). Congress adjourned to Philadelphia later that day and did not convene in Philadelphia until 7 July (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 , 11:662, 671–72).

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