[dateline] London Octr. 6. 1780
[salute] Dr. Sir
I am thankful for your late favor1
and shall send you the Books desird by first opportunity.
Mr. Henr. Laurens was brought to Town last night, rather in better health. He was
lodgd that night in the Messengers House in Scotland Yard, and denyd all sort of communication
with his friends—or those who wishd to speak to Him. He was Examined at noon at Lord
G. Germains and committed by a Warrant of Justice Addington a close prisoner to the
Tower—orders that no person whatever speaks to Him. These folks are so foolishly changable
that most likely in a few days the severity of His confinement may be relaxd. At present
two men are always in the same room with Him, and two soldiers without.2
You shall hear more from me by next post.3
No news from the Westward of any sort. The general beleif is that the privy Council
yesterday have determind to prosecute the war further in Ama. with vigour—perhaps
the fools have concluded that as they have catchd Mr. Laurens they can conquer America.
I can see no other reason for their supposition of success in the further prosecution
of that war.
I am your mo ob ser