George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Laurens, 11 June 1782

11th June 1782

Dear General.

The approaching session of the Georgia Legislature, and the encouragement given me by Gov. Howley, who has a decisive influence in the Councils of that Country—induce me to remain in this quarter for the purpose of taking new measures on the subject of our black Levies. The arrival of Col. Baylor whose seniority entitles him to the command of the Lt Troops. affords me ample leisure for pursuing the business in person. and I shall do it with all the tenacity of a man making a last effort on so interesting an occasion.

The sterility of the present campaign affords nothing worthy to be detailed to Your Excellency—our operations have been confined to inconsiderable skirmishes—and some little partisan strokes on our part, which were brilliant and served to amuse us in default of better employment.

My last letter was closed & dispatched a moment before Mr Leslies letter arrived to Genl Greene to feel his pulse on the subject of an Armistice—and administer every political opiate that could be contrived—the General’s Answer was obvious. since that; peace has been the prevailing topic in Charles town—the terms of it founded in conjecture and framed by the interest and passions of different individuals.

The Wisdom and virtue of Congress will no doubt have given the proper repulse to the Sounders who have approached them. It is more and more to be lamented that the french force under Ct. Rochambeau has not been applied to Assist in opening the Trenches before C. [   ] and that the idea of an evacuation of that post has been so successfully propagated—the expulsion or capture of the british Garrison there wd infinitely abridge Negotiations. I renew my wishes for a contin[uence] of your Excellencys happiness & prosperity and am ever, Dear General Your faithful Aid

John Laurens.

My Letter will be delivered to Your Excellency by Mr Lovell of the partisan Legion—he is an officer of merit, and as such I take the liberty of presenting him to Your Excellency.

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