Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Huntington, 26 October 178[0]

From Samuel Huntington

Philada October 26. 178[0]


Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed the Copy of an Act of Congress of the 24. Instant, directing that the Commissary General make accurate Returns to Congress of the Supplies furnished by each State since the last Day of December last, and that the State Agents transmit to the Commander in Chief and Commissary General respectively monthly Returns of all the Provisions which shall be drawn into their Hands, specifying the Articles and Places where they shall be deposited, and also earnestly recommending to the several Legislatures to enjoin it as a Duty on their State Agents in such Manner as to enforce a punctual Obedience.

I am also directed to transmit you the enclosed Copy of Col. Blaine’s Letter and Papers to which it refers, and to request the serious Attention of the States to the present Wants and Distresses of the Army, and the most efficacious Means in their Power to furnish the Supplies requested with unremitted Attention.

I have the Honor &c. &c.,

S. H.

FC (DLC: PCC, No. 15); at head of text: “Circular.” Enclosures (Vi): (1) attested copy of Congress’ resolve of 24 Oct. on Ephraim Blaine’s letter of 17 Oct. (resolve printed in JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xviii, 970–1); (2) copy of letter from Ephraim Blaine, commissary general of purchases, to Samuel Huntington, 17 Oct. 1780, describing his difficulties in securing provisions of food from the states. Blaine’s letter transmitted other letters from his deputies in the southern department describing conditions there, but these have not been located.

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