George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Laurens, 25 May 1780

Charles Town 25th May 1780.

Dear General.

Being suddenly disappointed in my expectation of retiring from this place by land in company with Colonel Ternant—I have scarcely a moment for paying Your Excellency my respects and informing that I am in the number of prisoners by Capitulation—It is the greatest and most humiliating misfortune of my life, to be reduced to a state of inactivity at so important a juncture as the present—My only Reliance in these circumstances is on the continuance of that goodness and protection which I have always experienced from Your Excellency—An Exchange would restore me to life—and I confide in Your Excellencys kind attention to this matter—if there is a possibility of effecting it. I am with every Sentiment of Gratitude and respect Dear General Your faithful Aid

John Laurens

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

Index Entries