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My Dear Brother.
Packet is ordered away suddenly & the Capt is to call at the Office for the Mail at 6 oClock tis now 5. I was engaged in Public business till 2 this Morning & up again at 1/2 past 4. judge how well qualified I must be for writing on business of importance_ Ask your Nephew John to shew you the Letter which will accompany this directed to him_ he will readily comply & as candidly inform you of the Romantic schemes which he had in cont[em
]plation the 5 July
for altering the course of his Studies, admonish him on that head & if it be needful call in the aid of Mr.
Manning & every other friend_ I know he is honest & sensible I hope he will shew that he is corrigible & discreet._ this matter lays heavy on my mind, the pressure was great enough before_ the prospect in my view is as unpleasant as can be conceived_ tis past all description_ I am patient & endeavour to be steady & consistent_ God's Will be done.
Present my Love it may be the last time to My Sister & the Children tell my Dear Patsy I anxiously desire to write to her but Day & Night I am so engaged as not hitherto to have found one quarter of an hour for that purpose_ Your particular friends & black folks are all well_
My Dear Brother Adieu
ALS, HL Papers, ScHi
; addressed below close "Mr_
James Laurens."; addressed on cover "Mr.
James Laurens / to the care of / William Manning Esquire / London. / per Swallow
/ Packet Boat_"; dated "Charles Town 19th. Septem¯ 1775.
"; docketed "Henry Laurens / Chas.
Town 19 Sepr:
1775_". HL began a second place-date line after the close, but then cancelled the words "Charles Town". LB, HL Papers, ScHi; addressed "James Laurens / London / per Swallow
Packet / Copy Pr.
Capt Wilson"; dated ''19. Septem.˜ 1775.".
The Papers of Henry Laurens,
ed. David R. Chesnutt, et al.
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999).
Electronic version based on
The Papers of Henry Laurens
(Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1994), Vol. 10, pp. 305-415. On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 22 October 2017]