Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Huntington, 13 November 1780

To Samuel Huntington

In Council Richmond Nov. 13. 1780


I take the liberty of enclosing your Excellency a copy of a letter I received from Colo. Wood. As the determination whether he shall be allowed travelling expenses rests with Congress alone, we could only communicate his application to that honourable Body.

I have the honor to be with the greatest Respect &c &c.,

Th: Jefferson

Tr (DLC: PCC, No. 71, i); entirely in the hand of George Taylor (clerk in the Department of State) and endorsed by him: “No. 91. Gov. Jefferson to the Presidt. of Congress Nov. 13. 1780. read 27.” The following memorandum, in Taylor’s hand, appears on the face of Tr: “Mr. Jefferson in the year 1791 wishing to supply any chasms which might be found in the copies of his public letters while Gov. of Virga. requested that those written to Congress during that period should be sent to Mr. Eppes his nephew for that purpose. On examination after the files had been returned to the office in 1792 the following numbers viz. No. 91 of Nov. 13. 1780 and No. 94 of Nov. 26. 1780 were found wanting, but copies of them having been preserved by Mr. Jefferson, this (No. 91) and No. 94 have been carefully copied from them as substitutes for the originals by Geo. Taylor Jr.” Enclosure not found; this must have been James Wood’s letter of 9 Nov. acknowledged in TJ to Wood, 11 Nov., q.v.

This letter and its enclosure, having been read in Congress on 27 Nov., were referred to the Board of War (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xviii, 1095).

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