The Papers of Henry Laurens

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Alexander Garden to Henry Laurens

Dr Sir

I have just now received a Note from on Board the Tamar informing me of the Governor's being taken very ill last night & that he continues so now & that he desires me to Visit him._
Whether my visiting of him on board the Man of War may give offence in the present posture & situation of matters I know not, but as I could wish to give him Every assistance in my power to promote his recovery so I would be very unwilling to give any reason of offence to the Community_ Permit me therefore Sir to beg your opinion on this matter & if you think I may go I shall endeavour to see him either to night or to morrow morning tho I am but in a very weak state myself. In the mean time I am respectfully


Alexr. Garden

ALS, Personal Miscellaneous, Alexander Garden, NN; addressed on cover "To / Henry Laurens Esquire"; dated "Septr 17th 1775"; docketed by HL "Doctr. Garden 17 Septem / 1775 for leave to visit / the Governor granted"; numbered "21-8".