George Washington Papers

From George Washington to John Laurance, 26 September 1780

To John Laurance

Robinson’s House in the Highland’s Sepr 26. 1780


You will have heard probably before the receipt of this, that Major General Arnold has gone to New-York—and that the Adjutant General of the British Army & Mr Joshua Smith who were concerned with him in measures which occasioned his flight are both in our hands. I am desirous of seeing You without loss of time in consequence of these events, and request that You will proceed to Head qrs, wherever they may be, without delay.1 I am Dr Sir with regard & esteem Yr Most Obedt st

Go: Washington

LS, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, NN: Harkness Collection.

1As judge advocate general, Laurance played important roles in the investigatory proceedings involving Maj. John André and Joshua Hett Smith (see Major John André’s Capture and Execution, 23 Sept.–7 Oct., and The Smith Family and Major General Benedict Arnold’s Treachery, 26 Sept.–30 Oct., editorial notes).

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