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To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 18 November 1779

From Samuel Huntington

Philadelphia Novr 18th 1779.


By the Act of Congress of this day herewith enclosed, you will perceive I am directed to inform your Excellency that they approve of your sentiments and Opinion as expressed in your letter of the 14th Instant, and leave the future measures on that subject to your direction as shall be thought proper upon the Intelligence you may have received.1

It is presumed your Excellency must have received before this, Copies of the dispatches from Genl Lincoln by Major Clarkson enclosed in my letter of the 10th Inst.2 I have the honor to be with the greatest respect Your Excellency’s humble servant

Saml Huntington President

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

1The enclosed resolution that Congress adopted on this date reads: “Resolved That the president inform general Washington that Congress approve the sentiments and opinions expressed in his letter of the 14th instant and desire that he may take what measures he thinks most proper upon the inteligence he must have by this time received” (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 15:1286, and GW to Huntington, 14 Nov.). This measure approved GW’s decision to end preparations for combined offensive operations against New York City with Vice Admiral d’Estaing’s French fleet.

2Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln’s aide-de-camp Maj. Matthew Clarkson had reached West Point on 15 Nov. (see GW to Horatio Gates, 16 Nov., and n.1 to that document; see also GW to Huntington, 20 Nov.).

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