Henry Laurens diary

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Title
Henry Laurens diary
Names
Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792 (Creator)
Collection

Henry Laurens diary

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1780 - 1781
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1695
Topics
Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792
Tower of London (London, England)
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1760-1789
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Prisoners and prisons
Merchants
Plantation owners
Statesmen
Genres
Diaries
Notes
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Biographical/historical: Henry Laurens (1724-1792) was a South Carolina merchant, plantation owner, and Revolutionary-era statesman. Laurens was president of the Continental Congress from November 1, 1777 to December 9, 1778. On November 1, 1779 Congress elected him a commissioner to negotiate a treaty of amity and commerce with Holland. Laurens sailed for Europe on August 13, 1780, only to be captured at sea by the British on September 3, 1780. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London under the charge of treason from October 6, 1780 until his release on bail December 31, 1781. Laurens briefly joined the American peace commission, signing the preliminary Treaty of Paris on November 30, 1782. He returned to the United States in 1784, and was a member of the South Carolina convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788.
Physical Description
Extent: .21 linear feet 1 volume
Description
Henry Laurens (1724-1792) was a South Carolina merchant, plantation owner, and Revolutionary-era statesman. The Henry Laurens diary, 1780 August 13-1781 December 6 (1 volume) is a manuscript notebook recording his voyage to Europe as U.S. envoy to Holland, his capture at sea by the British on September 3, 1780, his transfer to England via Newfoundland, and his imprisonment in the Tower of London. Pencilled entries briefly record day-to-day experiences, serving as the foundation of a subsequent narrative compiled by Laurens of his time abroad. The last entry is incomplete.
Type of Resource
Text
Languages
English
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b211333591
MSS Unit ID: 1695
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0c90c3e0-ea3a-0134-795e-076dd017a035
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1724: Creator Born
  • 1780: Created (Approximate)
  • 1792: Creator Died
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Henry Laurens diary" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1780 - 1781. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ad3e3080-0038-0135-d390-0277334ab19f

Chicago/Turabian Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Henry Laurens diary" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 19, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ad3e3080-0038-0135-d390-0277334ab19f

APA Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. (1780 - 1781). Henry Laurens diary Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/ad3e3080-0038-0135-d390-0277334ab19f

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Henry Laurens diary