The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX

The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX

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Excerpt: ... experienced every contrariety, deserve the highest applause. I entreat the further orders of Congress, being exceedingly solicitous to lose no time in rejoining the army. I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect, &c. JOHN LAURENS. P. S. My first intention was to have steered for Philadelphia, but learning from a vessel, which we pursued for the purpose of intelligence, that Count de Grasse was not arrived, I judged it most prudent to make a safe eastern port, and arrived at Boston the afternoon of the 25th ult. J. L. TO THE PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS. Philadelphia, September 6th, 1781. Sir, In consequence of the desire of the committee of conference on the subject of my mission to France, I do myself the honor to communicate to Congress all the information I am possessed of relative to the present situation of Henry Laurens, and the prospect of his enlargement or exchange. It appears from the letter of a gentleman in London, who had access to him under certain restrictions, that though the rigor of his confinement Pg 248 was in some degree abated, he still labored under several interdictions and restraints, as unprecedented as illiberal, and that the British Court still affected to consider him as amenable to their municipal laws, and maintained the idea of a future trial. After I had finished the general business with which Congress had charged me, I consulted the several Ministers at the Court of France upon the proper measures to be taken, when such a flagrant violation of the laws of nations had been offered in the person of a public Minister, and solicited their intervention and assistance. They all declared, that however anxious they were to restore to his country a citizen, so valuable by his services, they had not the least hope, that any benefit would be derived from their interference, the British Court being as little disposed to gratify the Court of France, as they were to gratify the United States; and the unanimous opinion of...show more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236694627
  • 9781236694621