[To Lieutenant Colonel John Laurens]
[Headquarters, Orangetown, New Jersey, September 27, 1780]1
Sparks Transcripts, Harvard College Library.
1. Although this letter is attributed to H in the Sparks Transcripts, in reality it was written by Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman, H’s fellow aide. The original of the letter is in the South Carolina Historical Society. There are textual differences in the Sparks and the original, but the contents of both letters are the same.
The copy in the Sparks Transcripts was made from a copy Don Francisco Rendon, Spanish agent to the United States, sent to Don Josef de Galvez, Spanish Minister of the Indies. On October 2, 1780, Rendon wrote to Galvez: “I take the liberty to enclose to Your Excy translations of three letters that have been received, written by different officers of the American Army … in case it should please Your Excy to be possessed of their contents.”