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"When an opportunity offers, however little I have to communicate, my desire of conversing with you leads me to take up the pen at all events even tho the impossibility of giving you information upon public and more interesting objects should confine me to the old family style of I continue in good health as I hope you do, etc. The northern intelligence which was accidentally handed to us yesterday, but which you no doubt have received in proper form, is subject matter for congratulation.
I beg leave to felicitate you upon the victory gained over the haughty Burgoyne, a victory which derives much of its importance from the critical time in which it happened. It was announced to the American prisoners in Howe's possession by a flag that happened to be going in yesterday. After all my good intentions I am obliged to break off abruptly, as Mr . Harrison the bearer hurries me, and my letter will serve only to inclose one left here yesterday for Col. Pinckney.
- Army Correspondence of Colonel John Laurens in the Years 1777-78