Henry Laurens to William Ellery
Charleston, South Carolina, 14 February 1780.
Autograph letter signed, 2 pages + address leaf + docket.
Charles Town So Carolina
14 Febry 1780 -
My Dear Friend.
You will learn from a Letter which I have just written two hours before day light to the
Commtee of foreign affairs, a general state of the circumstances of this Country & of myself.
Early as it is, I have so many things to do & to attend to as will not allow me time
for paying my Respects to you in the manner I wish, I must be content barely to acknowledge the
receipt of your favor of the 24
Decem. two days ago, & to assure you of my particular attention
to the Contents.
from the loud roaring of our approaching Enemy one would think So Carolina devoted to their
fiat, & that I may be reduced to extreme poverty & other pains & penalties within ten days, but I
hope better things & am in no fears save such as arise [struck: for this did] from considerations
of the distresses of Women Children aged & [infirm] persons for my own part I trust, that,
"Although the Fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the Vines, the labor of the Olive
shall fail, & the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the Lord & there shall
be no heard in the stalls, I will rejoice in the Lord I with joy in the God of my Salvation" I have
not time to tell you whence I derived this pious Resolution, the sentiments  have from youth
upwards been strongly impressed upon my mind & appear in full force & vigor whenever danger
appears. I pray God to bless you & all my friends in Congress be assured My Dear Sir
William Ellery Esquire