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On this day of mourning, I present to you a little piece of happiness.

This is an excerpt from a draft of the August 16, 1777 letter from Washington to General Clinton.  Alexander Hamilton actually wrote this draft - except for the postscript you see at the bottom.  The postscript was written by none other than John Laurens.  This draft is one of only a few letters, to my knowledge, that was written in both Hamilton’s and Laurens’s hands.