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The Papers of
Henry Laurens

Edited by David R. Chesnutt

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Volume I · Volume II · Volume III · Volume V · Volume VI · Volume VII · Volume VIII · Volume IX · Volume XI · Volume XII · Volume XIII · Volume XIV · Volume XV · Volume XVI · About the Editors

VOLUME I
(Sept. 11, 1746–Oct. 31, 1755)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt
(1968) 447 pages, cloth, ISBN 978-0-87249-128-1

VOLUME II
(Nov. 1, 1755–Dec. 31, 1758)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt
(1970) 608 pages, cloth, ISBN 97-8-087249-141-0

VOLUME III
(Jan. 1, 1759–Aug. 31, 1763)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt
(1972) 625 pages, cloth, ISBN 978-0-87249-228-8

VOLUME V
(Sept. 1, 1765–July 31, 1768)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt
(1974) 872 pages, cloth, ISBN 978-0-87249-331-5

VOLUME VI
(Aug. 1, 1768–July 31, 1769)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt
(1978) 685 pages, cloth, ISBN 978-0-87249-356-8

VOLUME VII
(Aug. 1, 1769–Oct. 9, 1771)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt
(1979) 653 pages, cloth, ISBN 978-0-87249-372-8

VOLUME VIII
(Oct. 10, 1771–Apr. 19, 1773)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt
(1980) 806 pages, cloth, ISBN 978-0-87249-385-8

VOLUME IX
(Apr. 19, 1773–Dec. 12, 1774)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt
(1981) 734 pages, cloth, ISBN 978-0-87249-399-5

VOLUME XI
(Jan. 6, 1776–Nov. 1, 1777)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt
(1988) 710 pages, cloth, ISBN 0-87249-516-7

VOLUME XII
(Nov. 1, 1777–Mar. 15, 1778)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt and
C. James Taylor

This is the first of three volumes that document Henry Laurens's career as President of the Continental Congress from 1777–1778. His role in thwarting the concessions made to the British in the Convention of Saratoga, marshalling support for the starving American army at Valley Forge, and offsetting the mounting criticism against Washington as commander-in-chief are among the important themes covered in this volume.
(1990) 684 pages, cloth, ISBN 0-87249-664-3

VOLUME XIII
(Mar. 15, –July 6, 1778)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt and
C. James Taylor

(1992) 6 x 9, 700 pages, cloth, ISBN 0-87249--748-8

VOLUME XIV
(July 7, 1778–Dec. 9, 1778)

Edited by David R. Chesnutt and
C. James Taylor

Volume 14 opens with the return of the Continental Congress to Philadelphia and closes five months later with Henry Laurens's resignation from office. Those five months proved to be a period of optimism; the arrival of the French fleet made the Franco-American alliance a reality, Congress adamantly rejected the olive branch offered by the British peace commission, and the reorganized Continental Army seemed better prepared for battle after enduring the trials of Valley Forge. The volume ends, however, on a somber note with increasing factionalism in the Congress, Laurens's resignation, and the impending British campaign against South Carolina and Georgia.
(1994) 700 pages, cloth, ISBN 1-57003-030-8

VOLUME XV
Edited by David R. Chesnutt and
C. James Taylor

Beginning with Henry Laurens's resignation from the presidency of the Continental Congress and concluding only days after his son's death in battle, The Papers of Henry Laurens, Volume XV offers insight into the life of the noted American politician during the pivotal years of the American Revolution. The most distinguished American prisoner of war during the Revolution, Laurens's journal and narrative record his imprisonment and his continued loyalty to the Whig cause. Other events documented in the volume include the British invasion of South Carolina and the subsequent fall of Charleston as well as the British occupation of the state and the war in the South. Domestic political themes include factional and jurisdictional disputes in the Continental Congress and discussions in the South Carolina General Assembly over the issue of arming slaves and forming black regiments.
(1999) 768 pages, cloth, ISBN 978-1-57003-307-0

VOLUME XVI (September 1, 1782 –December 17, 1792)
Edited by David R. Chesnutt and
C. James Taylor

This, the sixteenth and final volume of The Papers of Henry Laurens, covers the last ten years of the statesman's life. During this period, Henry Laurens spent a hectic twenty-two months as a peace commissioner traveling between Paris and London, conferring with British ministers and his colleagues on the peace commission. At the same time, Laurens was coping with the grief of losing his eldest son John Laurens in battle, family conflicts over a proposed marriage between his elder daughter and a French fortune hunter, and his own poor health. This mixture of public and private concerns continued throughout his stay in Europe, as the commissioners attempted to negotiate a final peace treaty and a trade agreement with former allies and foes. In January 1785, Laurens returned to South Carolina, where he devoted the remainder of his life to personal affairs. Despite encouragement to return to public service, Laurens remained a private citizen with an active interest in the progress of his state. In his later years he recommended an end to the importation of slaves and diversification of the economy. Laurens died on December 8, 1792, at the age of sixty-eight.
(2002) 940 pages, cloth, ISBN 978-1-57003-465-7

David R. Chesnutt is a professor of history at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

C. James Taylor is an associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

 
 

 


 

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