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The Papers of Henry Laurens

University of South Carolina Press

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A selective edition of the papers of Henry Laurens (1724–1792), an American merchant, slave trader, and rice planter from South Carolina who became a political leader during the Revolutionary War. A delegate to the Second Continental Congress, Laurens succeeded John Hancock as President of the Congress.   He was captured at sea and imprisoned for some time by the British in the Tower of London. In 1783 Laurens was sent to Paris as one of the Peace Commissioners for the negotiations leading to the Treaty of Paris. 

Complete in 16 volumes.


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Henry Laurens (detail) by John Singleton Copley



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