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His Excellency Henry Laurens President of Congress and Minister Plenipotentary for treating of Pease with Gt. Britain. (early state)

  • ARTIST: Pierre Eugene du Simitiere

  • PUBLISHER: Pub.d May 15th 1783, by R. Wilkinson No. 58 Cornhill, London.

  • MEDIUM: Copper plate engraving with stipple,

    DATE: 1783.

  • EDITION SIZE: 4 1/2 x 3 3/4" (11.4 x 9.4 cm) plus title and margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: Scratch letter proof. Henry Laurens (1724-1792) was born in Charlestown, South Carolina where he owned and operated a number of plantations. He was elected to the commons house of assembly, but later moved to England for three years before returning to South Carolina politics. Once in South Carolina, Laurens served in the Continental Congress from 1777-1780 and later served John Hancock as president. He was captured and held hostage on suspicion of treason in the Tower of London for over a year while en route to negotiate a treaty with Holland. Laurens was eventually released in exchange for Lord Cornwallis and returned to negotiate peace with Great Britain along with his fellow patriots Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay. Laurens served as an unofficial minister to England until 1784, when he returned to New York and his role in Congress. He retired to South Carolina in 1792 where he lived until his death.


  • CONDITION: Good condition. Small mark from paper making process - only visible with back lighting.

  • REFERENCE: Cresswell #145.