From Henry Laurens
[Philadelphia] 26th November 
Since my last of the 20th Instant, I have had the honor of presenting to Congress Your Excellency’s several Dispatches under the 13th, 16th, 16th, and 18th.
Inclosed with this, Your Excellency will receive four Acts of Congress as undermentioned.
1. An Act of the 23d empowering the Commander in Chief to take such Measures respecting the Officers of the Convention mentioned in Major General Heath’s Letter of the 2nd Instant as he shall judge proper.1
2. An Act of the 24th authorizing the Commander in Chief to appoint a Brigadier General out of the Infantry, to Command the Cavalry.2
3. An Act of the same date for arranging the Army, to which is subjoined a Resolution for granting a Commission in lieu of a Brevet to Lieutenant Colonel Stephens of the Artillery, as I presume Colonel Stephens is in Camp, I take the liberty of transmitting the Commission herewith, and of requesting Your Excellency to obtain the Exchange. I likewise transmit a Commission appointing Major Washington Lieutenant Colonel of Baylors Dragoons upon a presumption of this Gentleman’s being returned to Camp, as I have not had the honor of seeing him, and the Commission has been filled some days past. Part of the Arrangement as it passed in Congress is a Resolve for continuing Colonel Hazens’ Regiment, this I perceive the Secretary has sent me in a detached Piece, but as I do not know where to address Colonel Hazen I shall convey it through your Excellency’s means in order to give information and gain time.3 I have the honor to be &c.
LB, DNA:PCC, item 13. The letter was carried “by Dunn.”
1. The enclosed resolution (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 , 12:1152) empowered GW to take any measures he thought proper with respect to the requests of Convention Army officers referred to in James Hamilton to William Heath, 31 Oct. (enclosed in Heath to GW, 2 Nov., and forwarded by GW to Laurens on 12 Nov.); and in Heath to Laurens, 2 Nov. (DNA:PCC, item 157; see also Laurens to GW, 27 Nov.).
3. 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 , 12:1154–60; on 30 Nov., GW, then at Fishkill, N.Y., forwarded the resolve to Hazen with this cover note: “The inclosed Resolve respecting your Regiment has just come to hand. You will be pleased to pay the proper attention to it” (DLC:GW).