John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens

John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens

Descriptive Summary

Title: John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens
Creator: Laurens, John, 1754-1782
Inclusive Dates: 1774 December 7
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s) 1 letter
Collection Number: ms722
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

John Laurens (October 28, 1754 – August 27, 1782) was an American soldier and statesman from South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. He gained approval by the Continental Congress in 1779 to recruit a regiment of 3,000 slaves by promising them freedom in return for fighting. He died in 1782, but his father manumitted their slaves as he had intended.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a letter from John Laurens, Chancery Lane on December 7, 1774, to his father Henry Laurens, Charleston, South Carolina regarding England's reaction to the revolt of the American colonies, including that of the Parliament, the King, and Lord North.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens, ms722, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Letter was laid in publication of the Bradford Club, no. 7, in C. C. Jones manuscript collection.

Related Materials and Subjects

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter, 1774 December 7

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