George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Laurance, 24 August 1778

From John Laurance

White Plains, August 24, 1778.


AS the Congress have resolved that two Counsellors learned in the law should assist and co-operate with me in the prosecution of the General Officers respecting the evacuation of Ticonderoga, I am under the necessity, previous to my proceeding to the trial of Major General St. Clair, of requesting your Excellency to inform me whether those gentlemen have been desired to attend agreeable to the Resolution of Congress.1 I am, with much respect, Your Excellency’s obedient Servant,

JOHN LAURANCE, Judge Advocate.

St. Clair Court Martial description begins Proceedings of a General Court Martial, Held at White Plains, in the State of New-York, By Order of his Excellency General Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of the United States of America, For the Trial of Major General St. Clair, August 25, 1778. Major General Lincoln, President. Philadelphia, 1778. description ends , 5.

1For the resolution of 5 Feb., 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 , 10:125.

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