George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Henry Laurens, 28 July 1778

To Henry Laurens

Head Qrs White plains July 28: 1778


This will be presented to Congress by Genl Putnam. He arrived from Connecticut the day after I came into the Neighbourhood of this Camp. As I have not received any Resolution of Congress, respecting the Court of Inquiry, which they directed and which was transmitted them, on the subject of the posts in the Highlands, taken last year, I am at a loss in what point of view to consider him. He wishes some decision in this instance, and his journey to philadelphia is for the purpose.1 I have the Honor to be with great respect & esteem Sir Your Most Obedt servt

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DNA:PCC, item 152; Df, DLC:GW; copy, DNA:PCC, item 169; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The LS is docketed in part: “Read 4 Aug. 1778 Referred to Mr Hosmer Mr R. H. Lee Mr Scudder”; 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 , 11:743.

1For GW’s transmission of the court of inquiry proceedings, see his third letter to Laurens of 18 June. For Congress’s action, see Laurens to GW, 20 August.

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