To Henry Laurens
White plains—Augt 25th 1778.
If it be practicable, and convenient for Congress to furnish me with some Specie (gold, as more portable, would be most convenient) valuable purposes I think would result from it. I have always found a difficulty in procuring Intelligence by the mean of Paper money. and I perceive that it increases. The period is critical & interesting, and the early knowledge of an Enemys intention, and movements too obvious to need explanation.
Having hinted to the Comee of Congress when at Valley forge this want I address this Letter to you now rather as a private than public one—because I do not wish to have the matter again mentioned if Congress hath been apprized of my wants & find it inconvenient to comply with them.
I have the pleasure to inform you that Colo. Laurens was well on the 23d—I have had a Letter from him of that date. with great respect & regard I have the honr to be Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt
ADfS, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. A nineteenth-century transcript, presumably made from the letter sent, shows minor verbal differences with no change of meaning (ScHi: Henry Laurens Papers).