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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Henry Laurens to Richard Caswell, including related minutes of the Continental Congress
Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792
November 01, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 665-666

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Yorktown Pennsylvania, 1st Nov. 1777.


The arms of the United States of America having been blessed in the present Campaign with remarkable success, Congress have resolved, to recommend, that one day, Thursday the 18th December next be set apart to be observed by all the Inhabitants throughout

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these States for a general thanksgiving to Almighty God. And I have it in command to transmit to you the enclosed extract from the minutes of Congress for that purpose.

Your Excellency will be pleased to take the necessary measures for carrying the Resolve into effect in the State in which you preside.

You will likewise find enclosed a certified Copy of minutes which will shew your Excellency the authority under which I have the honor of addressing you;

I am with great regard Sir,
your Excellency's most obdt huml Servt.,
His Excellency Gov. Caswell, N. C.


In Congress Nov. 1st, 1777.

Congress proceeded to the election of a President and the ballots being taken.

Mr. Henry Laurens was elected.

Extracts from the minutes.