Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Papers of Henry Laurens, Vol. XV: December 11, 1778-August 31, 1782

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Papers of Henry Laurens, Vol. XV: December 11, 1778-August 31, 1782

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The Papers of Henry Laurens, Vol. XV: December 11, 1778-August 31, 1782, edited by David R. Chesnutt and C. James Taylor.

This volume covers an eventful and ultimately tragic period in the life of Henry Laurens. At the volume's beginning in December 1778, Laurens had just resigned as president of the Continental Congress. Laurens continued to serve as a delegate representing South Carolina until November 1779, when his colleagues appointed him minister to the Netherlands. He then returned to South Carolina to prepare for his diplomatic mission, but the British siege of Charleston prevented him from departing for Europe until August 1780. Laurens's vessel was captured at sea and the British transported their prisoner to London, where he was incarcerated in the Tower of London for 15 months. Laurens wrote a journal and a narrative of his imprisonment that documented the harsh treatment he received and the unsuccessful British efforts to persuade him to renounce the Revolution. …

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