Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Huntington, 2 June 1781

From Samuel Huntington

Philadelphia June 2. 178


My Letter of yesterday addressed to your Excellency and which accompanies this, contains such important Intelligence, that Congress have thought it indispensible to communicate the same to the Legislatures of the several States through their respective Supreme Magistrates as soon as possible; at the same Time the Intelligence is of a Nature that ought to be kept secret as may be at present. I am therefore directed to request that effectual Measures be observed to prevent Copies or Extracts of the Letter of the 1st Instant from being taken or published.

I have the Honor to be, with very great Respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient & most humble Servant,

Sam. Huntington President

RC (Vi); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Huntington; at head of text: “Circular”; endorsed. FC (DLC: PCC, No. 16). Enclosure: Huntington to TJ, 1 June 1781, q.v.

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