To Samuel Huntington
Richmond Oct. 15. 1780. 6. o’clock P.M.
I do myself the pleasure of congratulating your Excellency on the small dawn of good fortune which at length appears in the South, as you will find by the dispatches I have the honor of inclosing to you, and which I this moment receive from Genl. Gates. There seems to be a confusion between the numbers 810. and 1400. However the smaller one is not to be despised. The line of expresses having been set in motion last night, I wish that no delay may be occasioned by their missing one another on the road.
I have the honor to be with great esteem & respect Your Excellency’s Most obedt. & most humble servt,
RC (DLC: PCC, No. 71, i); endorsed by Charles Thomson: “Letter from Gov Jefferson Octr. 15. 1780. Read 23. Comee. of intelligence.” Enclosures: Gates to TJ, 12 Oct. 1780, and enclosures as listed with that letter; see also JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xviii, 963. Tr (Arch. Aff. Etr., Paris: Corr. pol., E-U, vol. 14); in French.