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Letter from Henry Laurens to Richard Caswell
Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792
November 16, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 286-287

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Philadelphia 16th Nov. 1778.


By Messenger Hunter I had the honor of addressing your Excellency under the 14th instant. Under this cover will be found two copies of the undermentioned Acts of Congress, viz.: An Act of the 26th August, 1776, for establishing a provision for soldiers and seamen maimed and disabled in the service of the United States, to which is subjoined a supplementary Act of the 25th September, 1778, for the benefit of maimed and disabled volunteers in the service of the States, antecedent to the date of the first above mentioned Act.

An Act for the 26th September, for organizing the public Treasury, and for providing a house for the several offices of Treasury.


Your Excellency will likewise receive in the present packet, three copies of the Treaty of Alliance and of the Treaty of Commerce between his most Christian Majesty and the United States of America, for the information and use of North Carolina, and also an Act of Congress of this date for appointing Wednesday, 30th December next, a day of general thanksgiving in these States.

I have the honor to be with great respect and esteem, Sir, your Excellency's ob. & huml. servt.
HENRY LAURENS, Prest. Congress.

Lord Stirling writes to me the 15th Novr. that about 2500 men were embarked, and lay ready to sail from the Nook for the Southward, under Convoy of the Vigilant and three gallies. This

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navigation is exactly calculated for Georgia directly, or by way of St. Augustine. The dispersion of Byron's fleet is to us a favorable circumstance. Count d'Estaing sailed in the critical moment for towing off some of the strangers. There are 6 or 7 not yet accounted for.