John Laurens Letters for the years 1777 thru 1782

John Laurens

John Laurens wrote 83 Letters from a total of 15 locations including Paris, FRA, English Town, and New Brunswick. John Laurens wrote a total of 4 people including Henry Laurens, and George Washington. Most of John Laurens's letters were written in the year 1778. Several other letters were written in 1777 and 1780. Who did John Laurens know? View John Laurens's social graph.

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  • John Laurens letter to James Laurens.

    Paris, FRA - 11 January 1777

    Lord Stormont discovered that these vessels were employed by Silas Deane, and the cargoes intended for America. He went immediately, at an unusual hour for business, to Versailles

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 13 August 1777

    The men are exercised in smaller or greater numbers every day. The country people bring in a plenty of vegetables, &c. and we hear very few complaints from those immediately about us of the violations of private property.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 21 August 1777

    If the enemy have a design upon Charles Town which does not so clearly appear to me as it does to most people, I hope we shall ruin the northern branch of their army

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 26 August 1777

    Messrs. Pinckney and Horry arriv'd here yesterday, but they could not inform me certainly whether you had employ'd Hunt to buy me a horse.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 26 September 1777

    We shall move towards Philadelphia to-day, as the weather is fair and our reinforcements are at some distance below, ready to fall in with us.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 15 October 1777

    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.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 6 November 1777

    This days Philadelphia paper contains Gen Burgoyne's Letter to s'r W'm Howe : as I cannot send you the paper itself I copy the letter

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 7 November 1777

    There have been several women from Ph a within two days past, who have applied for leave to pass into the country declaring that unless this indulgence be granted to them, they must inevitably starve.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 9 November 1777

    Craig of Moylan's Light Dragoons, with sixteen horsemen surprised one of the enemy's patrols this morning, consisting of seven horse and seven grenadiers and took the whole party prisoners

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 14 November 1777

    A considerable breach was made on the 11th in the masonry of the fort, many palisades were level'd, the block houses almost ruin'd, several cannon dismounted, and a valuable artillery officer kill'd.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 18 November 1777

    You, my dear father will call me a presumptuous young man, especially when you hear that three general officers are gone to investigate these points on the spot.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 26 November 1777

    Your kind letter of the 23d announces a very accept able reinforcement of linnen for which I am exceedingly obliged to you the boots will come in good time those which I wear at present are in good condition

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 29 November 1777

    Gen'l Greene has joined us, and our forces are reunited. The enemy after razing Bilingsport and Red Bank have quitted the Jerseys altogether.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 3 December 1777

    We have received several accounts from outposts within a few days past intimating that an attack upon us was meditated. We have in consequence prepared ourselves

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 15 December 1777

    The army cross'd the Schuylkil on the 13th and has remained encamped on the heights on this side. Our truly republican general has declared to his officers that he will set the example of passing the winter in a hut himself

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 23 December 1777

    The matter was in brief as follows : when we march'd from Whitemarah Camp, and were in the act of crossing the Schuylkil, we received intelligence that the enemy were advancing on this side of the river

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 1 January 1778

    The soldiers are nearly covered with good huts. The North Carolinians are the most backward in their buildings, and for want of sufficient energy to exert themselves once for all, will be exposed to lasting evils.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 3 January 1778

    By this day's courier, you will be informed of a base insult offer'd to the Commander in chief, which will raise your indignation.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 5 January 1778

    Some commercial technicalities puzzled me in the letters which you sent me to translate. My French acquaintance here are almost as much at a loss

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 14 January 1778

    This will be delivered to you by the Chevalier de Mauduit de Plessis, whose name I mentioned to you in one of my late letters. I am happy in having an opportunity of recommending so worthy a man to your protection.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 17 January 1778

    first, I would advance those who are unjustly deprived of the rights of mankind to a state which would be a proper gradation between abject slavery and perfect liberty, and besides I would reinforce the defenders of liberty with a number of gallant s

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 23 January 1778

    The resolution of Congress respecting Gen'l Burgoyne and his army, I think both founded in justice and policy. It might have been better perhaps if a little more republican laconism had been used in explaining the reasons for it.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 28 January 1778

    The intended expedition to Canada that gentleman had communicated to me the day before in confidence, and by giving me the perusal of his letter to you on the subject had discovered his aversion to a certain general as second in command.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 2 February 1778

    You seem to think, my dear father, that men reconciled by long habit to the miseries of their condition, would prefer their ignominious bonds to the untasted sweets of liberty, especially when offer'd upon the terms which I propose.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 3 February 1778

    I am happy in having an opportunity of introducing to your acquaintance the brave Col Fleury, whose reputation is not unknown to you.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 3 February 1778

    I am happy in having the pleasure of introducing to your acquaintance, Colonel Fitzgerald, the senior aid in our family.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 8 February 1778

    I forgot to inform you of an interesting letter which the general received this morning from Sir Wm. Howe, in which he declares that he is ready to give his consent to a General exchange of prisoners upon the terms formerly offered by Gen'l Washingto

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 9 February 1778

    I have to thank you, my dear father, for two shirts, and a piece of scarlet cloth. I wrote to James for some hair powder and pomatum, but received only the latter with a comb.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 15 February 1778

    The presumption which would lead me to pursue my project after what you have said upon it, would be unpardonable ; praying your forgiveness therefor, my dear friend, for the trouble which I have given you on this eccentric scheme

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 17 February 1778

    We have lately been in a most alarming situation for want of provisions. The soldiers were scarcely restrained from mutiny by the eloquence and management of our officers.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 24 February 1778

    I deplore the misfortune of Charlestown if it has fallen upon individuals of moderate fortune ; if it affects only a number of rich men, it will contribute to equalizing estates, I shall not regret it.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 24 February 1778

    I have but one pair of breeches that are wearable.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 28 February 1778

    I was obliged to write briefly and in haste, by the last courier. I have since had several long conversations with the Baron Steuben, who appears to me a man profound in the science of war, and well disposed to render his best services to the United

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 9 March 1778

    The method which you allude to, of procuring the necessary article in question, has been clandestinely practiced by many.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 14 March 1778

    The dislike of some of his officers to him as a stranger, the advantages which they have taken of him as such, and their constant contrivances to thwart him on every occasion, made it impossible for him to command

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 22 March 1778

    This will be delivered to you by Brigadier General Du Portail, commanding officer of Engineers, whom I am glad of having an opportunity of introducing to your acquaintance.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 25 March 1778

    I am grieved that you persevere in your resolution of retiring from Congress. Your reelection is a testimony of the good opinion of your countrymen

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 28 March 1778

    we had some serious conversation together upon the subject of your retiring from Congress, in which we determined that your presence in that assembly is more necessary now, than it would have been at any other period since the revolution.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 1 April 1778

    Our commissioners proceeded yesterday morning to German Town according to agreement, and a strict neutrality and suspension of hostilities are to be observed in all the extent of the village during the conference.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 1 April 1778

    I snatch a minute to congratulate my dear father, upon the important intelligence from France. As the matter is represented she seems to have acted with politic generosity towards us

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 4 April 1778

    I thank you my dear father for your kind favour of yesterday, and again congratulate you upon the important intelligence from France.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 5 April 1778

    The conduct of Congress in giving orders to officers on detached commands, without communicating them to the General, is not only a deficiency of politeness, considered as an omission of a compliment which is due to him, but likewise a breach of mili

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 7 April 1778

    Yesterday we celebrated the new alliance, with as much splendour as the short notice would allow. Divine service preceded the rejoicing.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 11 April 1778

    I must confess to you, with grief, my dearest friend, that upon a nearer view, I have a far less respectable idea of my countrymen than when I beheld their struggle from afar, and could not distinguish the vices with which they are oppressed.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 18 April 1778

    The General sends you a handbill which has been artfully thrown out by the enemy, and which, unless properly counteracted, will undubitably tend to foment disunion, perhaps the only and evidently the surest method of destroying us.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 20 April 1778

    You will receive by this courier, L'd North's recantation. It would make an admirable contrast with a vehement oration which I heard him pronounce in the confidence of success, while I was in England.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 21 April 1778

    The Marquis made a brilliant retreat, and left the surrounding enemy to return to the city with precipitation.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 27 April 1778

    The pardons offered to the subjects of the states who had embraced the party of the enemy, will, I am persuaded, be attended with extensive good consequences.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 12 May 1778

    I felicitate you upon the declaration of war between England and France ; for though we have no positive intelligence of the event, its immediate and sure precursors have taken place

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 9 June 1778

    Some people are of opinion that the arrival of the commissioners at Philadelphia is a proof that war is not yet declared between England and France

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 9 June 1778

    The insolence and infatuation of the British minister in sending commissioners to treat with America, under the act of Parliament which he pretends to call conciliatory, are without parallel.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 11 June 1778

    The commissioners ventured out yesterday as far as German Town with an escort of light troops, which with the number that have crossed into the Jerseys, left only 800 men in the city according to the account of a very intelligent deserter.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 14 June 1778

    The inquiry into the conduct of the late quarter masters, must give pleasure to every man who wishes to see the betrayers of public trusts brought to condign punishment.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 15 June 1778

    The world looks with anxious expectation for the answer of Congress to the British commissioners. A paper was said to have been pasted up in camp, which contained the terms that are offered on their part.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 16 June 1778

    The state of intelligence yesterday was as follows : That the baggage of the commissioners was packed up, their linnen ordered from the washerwomen finished or unfinished

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    English Town - 30 June 1778

    The delay, however, will be attended with this advantage, that I shall be better able to give you an account of the enemy's loss ; tho I must now content myself with a very succinct relation of this affair.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    New Brunswick - 2 July 1778

    I have since had of the enemy's strength and designs, it is evident to me that Mr Clinton's whole flying army would have fallen into our hands, but for a defect of abilities or good will in the commanding officer of our advanced corps.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    New Brunswick - 6 July 1778

    I beg leave to introduce to your acquaintance, and recommend to your civilities the Marquis de la Yienne. He arrived in camp while we were at Valley Forge, with recommendatory letters to the Marquis De Lafayette

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    New Brunswick - 7 July 1778

    We are just about to march. Seventy miles are between us and King's Ferry, where we shall probably cross the North river.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 13 July 1778

    my heart overflows with gratitude at the repeated proofs of your tender love ; and must defer answering your kind letters of the 6th and 10th , till my return from Count D'Estaing's fleet

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 18 July 1778

    I am very happy in having an opportunity of introducing to your acquaintance, General Forman, a gentleman for whom I have the highest esteem

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    Black Point - 18 July 1778

    Upon my arrival here with dispatches from the General to Admiral D'Estaing, I found that the fleet laboured under the greatest difficulty in procuring water

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 22 July 1778

    Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance the Baron D Arendt, Col. of the German batallion, who in consequence of disputes with his corps of officers, which he thinks make it inconvenient with his honour to serve with them again

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Providence, RI - 25 July 1778

    General Sullivan estimates the enemy's land force here at seven thousand. The state of their shipping, he informs me, is as follows...

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    Providence - 4 August 1778

    Upon my delivering Gen'l Washington's dispatches, and Gen'l Sullivan's containing a plan of operations, the Admiral informed me his intention had been to proceed immediately into the main channel of Newport and attack the enemy's batteries.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 22 August 1778

    According to the first plan proposed by General Sullivan, the American forces were to land on the east side of Rhode Island under cover of the fire of three frigates stationed in the eastern channel for that purpose.

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Newport, RI - 23 August 1778

    General Sullivan will inform your Excellency of the fatal determination of the Count's officers in a Council of War, as well as of the several remonstrances, and final solemn protest, made by the American Generals.

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Providence, RI - 2 September 1778

    The movements which your Excellency has observed at New York, the arrival of seventy sail of vessels in the road of Newport, the appearance of twenty sail off Boston, are circumstances which keep us in suspense

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 15 September 1778

    The intelligence which we have received since my last, confirms the idea of a grand move on the part of the enemy.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 24 September 1778

    The information which you give me relative to my hospitable acquaintance, gives me great pain. I had conceived an esteem for him, and it afflicts me to find a new instance of the depravity of my species.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 7 October 1778

    The M. de Lafayette will not long have delayed after his arrival to open to you a plan for introducing French troops into Canada.

  • John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens.

    unknown - 13 October 1778

    The late bad weather drove that detachment of the enemy, that was posted on Valentine's hill, into the city, and they now confine themselves within Kingsbridge.

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Charleston, SC - 14 February 1780

    The day before yesterday, we had certain intelligence of the arrival of forty-five sail at North Edisto. A debarkation immediately commenced on Shnmons's Island; and an advanced corps, it is said, of five hundred, proceeded the following day

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Charleston, SC - 14 March 1780

    The enemy's present disposition of his force, and all his late operations, indicate a design to attack Charleston by a siege in form. To complete the in vestiture, he must introduce his ships of war into the harbour.

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Philadelphia, PA - 4 October 1780

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  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Charleston, SC - 9 November 1780

    On the night of the 1st instant, the enemy broke ground, and have been working slowly ever since. I scarcely know how to denominate what they have executed hitherto.

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Boston, MA - 4 February 1781

    Upon my arrival here the 25th ultimio, I found that men and money were still wanting to fit the Alliance frigate for sea. I immediately insisted on the necessity of an impress, and of having recourse to extraordinary means for the necessary supply of

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Passy, FRA - 24 March 1781

    M. de Vergennes complains very much of the excessive demands of Congress, and seems to entertain an idea that they wish to throw too much of the burden of the war on their ally.

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Passy, FRA - 11 April 1781

    It is his most Christian Majesty's determination to guarantee a loan of ten millions of livres, to be opened in Holland, in favor of the United States, in addition to the gratuitous gift of six millions granted before my arrival

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Jacksonburg - 12 February 1782

    These being my sentiments, I apply with confidence to your Excellency, and beg leave to solicit, in the most earnest terms, your friendly attention to my father's circumstances.

  • John Laurens letter to Francis Marion.

    Strawberry, SC - 4 April 1782

    The letter and intelligence from Gen. Greene, enclosed herewith, although it was probably his first upon the subject of the enemies movement, and the foundation of all his anxiety, did not reach me till late last night

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    Bacons Bridge, SC - 19 May 1782

    I am much obliged to you for honoring my bill in favor of General Lincoln. It includes the whole sum expended, on your account, in France.

  • John Laurens letter to George Washington.

    unknown - 12 June 1782

    the encouragement given me by Governor Howley, who has a decisive influence in the counsels of that country, induce me to remain in this quarter for the purpose of taking new measures on the subject of our black levies.