From Henry Laurens
[York, Pa.] 19th Jany 1778.
Your Excellency will receive by the present conveyance a Letter which I had the honour of writing the 14th & was returned to me with a Report that Susquehana was impassable.
Congress having upon further consideration judged it impolitic & unnecessary to inform the Court of Great Britain authentickly of the suspension of Genl Burgoyne’s embarkation until such information shall proceed from him, have directed me to desire your Excellency will delay the intended requisition for passports to General Howe for further determination.1 I have the honour to be &ca.
LB, DNA:PCC, item 13. A note in the letter book indicates that the LS was sent “ Adam Ness.”
1. This resolution was not recorded in the journals of Congress. For the resolution of 13 Jan. directing GW to request from Howe passports for ships to carry supplies to the Convention Army, see 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 , 10:45.