George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 5 October 1779

From Samuel Huntington

Philadelphia Octor 5th 1779


I am favourd with the receipt of your Excellencies favours of the 29th & 30th ultimo. In conseqence of the latter Congress have directed the North-Carolina Troops to halt at Trenton until further Orders.1

You will receive enclosd the Act of Congress of the 4th Instant and Copy of the Orders to Col. Clarke on that Subject.2 I have the honour to be with the highest Sentiments of Esteem & regard your Exys humble Servant

Saml Huntington President

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

1For GW’s orders to Col. Thomas Clark to march the North Carolina brigade to South Carolina, see GW to Clark, 1 October. For Congress’s orders to GW on the subject, see John Jay to GW, 23 September.

2The enclosed copy of a letter from Huntington to Clark, dated 5 Oct. at Philadelphia, reads: “You will herewith receive enclosd an Act of Congress of the 4th Instant directing you to halt the North Carolina Troops at Trenton until further Orders.

“This direction by which you will govern yourself; is in Consequence of advice receivd from the Commander in Cheif” (DLC:GW).

The enclosed extract from the minutes of Congress, dated 4 Oct. and signed by Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress, reads: “Resolved That colonel Clarke be directed to halt the North Carolina troops at Trenton till further orders” (DLC:GW; see also JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 15:1138).

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