John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens

John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Laurens, John, 1754-1782
Title: John Laurens letter to Henry Laurens
Dates: 1774 December 7
Quantity: 1.0 folder(s) 1 letter
Coll. Number: ms722

Biographical/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 Note

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.

Index Terms

Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Foreign public opinion.
United States--Politics and government--To 1775.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter, 1774 December 7