From Henry Laurens
York Town [Pa.] 11 May 1778
Since my last of the 6th Instant by Sharp I have not received any of Your Excellency’s favors.1
Colonel Gimad takes the trouble of conveying this & also of a Packet containing 50 Copies of an Address by Congress to the Inhabitants of the United States of America—Your Excellency will be pleased to direct a dispersion of these papers so as most effectually to answer the purposes intended.2
Congress by a Ballot this Morning elected Colonol Francis Johnson Commissary of Prisoners to succeed Colo. Boudinot, as I am informed Colonel Johnson is in the Army under the immediate Command of Your Excellency I inclose the Resolve of Congress of this date for that appointment & I shall by an additional line transmit the proper notifications to the Gentlemen abovementioned.3 I have the honor to be With the highest Esteem & Respect Sir Your Obedient & Most humble servant
President of Congress
ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 13.
2. For the address, 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 , 11:474–81.
3. For the resolve, see ibid., 11:490; see also Laurens to Francis Johnston, this date (DNA:PCC, item 13). Johnston declined the appointment, and Congress appointed John Beatty in his stead on 28 May (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 , 11:546).