From Henry Laurens
York Town [Pa.] 25 May 1778
My last to Your Excellency was under the 21st by Wilkinson.
Doctor Scudder on his return to New Jersey is so obliging as to take charge of this, & also of a packet containing 100 Copies of an Act of Congress, half of these in En[g]lish & the other half in German—Recommending to the several States to exempt from Militia duty & to disqualify for acting as Substitutes all prisoners & Deserters from the British Army & Navy during the present War1—Congress apprehend that a proper dispersion of these Acts in the Neighborhood of the Camp & even in the Enemy’s Garrison if practicable, will produce good effects—more of these shall be sent upon the first intimation from Your Excellency. I have the honor to be With the highest Respect & Regard Sir Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble servant
President of Congress.
ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 13.