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Letter from Henry Laurens to Richard Caswell
Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792
May 11, 1778 - May 12, 1778
Volume 13, Pages 125-126

[From Executive Letter Book.]

York Town 11th May 1778.


My last was dated the 9th Inst. recommended to Gov. Henry's protection. Your Excellency will receive with this twenty copies of an address by Congress to the inhabitants of these United States and three of a Proclamation for restricting within proper bounds the conduct of Captains, Commanders, &c., of American armed vessels. These papers your Excellency will be pleased

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to disperse in such manner as shall most effectually answer the purposes intended. I have the honor to be with great esteem & regard your Excellency's mo. ob. humble servt.

Prest. Congress.

12th. General Howe by a letter the 10th Inst. to Genl. Washington had made new overture for an exchange of prisoners, and talks of the prospect of suffering on our part as the hot weather approaches. What Congress will determine may be known tomorrow. The letter this instant reached me. I recollect Genl. Burgoyne asked of Genl. Gates parol enlargement for two of his officers to come into his camp in order to adjust their regimental accounts only for a month, when he had but two days provision.