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To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 18 April 1780

From Samuel Huntington

Philadelphia April 18. 1780

Sir,

Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed Acts of Congress of the 6th & 13th Instant appointing a Committee to repair to Head Quarters to confer with the Commander in Chief &c. and containing Instructions for their Government.1

Also another Act of the 10th Instant containing Assurances that as soon as Circumstances will admit to make [good] to the Line of the Army and independant Corps thereof the Deficiency of their original Pay occasioned by Depreciation including whatever they may have received as expressed in the Act, and limiting this Provision to such as were engaged during the War or for three Years and are now in Service or shall be hereafter engaged during the War.2 I have the honour to be with the highest respect your Excelly’s hbble Servant.

Sam. Huntington President

LS, DLC:GW; LB (misdated 20 April 1780), DNA:PCC, item 14.

1The enclosed copies of congressional resolutions passed on 6 and 13 April are in DLC:GW (filed under the earlier date; 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 , 16:332–33, 359–62). Congress completed consideration and adopted the instructions for this “Committee at Headquarters” on 12 April (see 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 , 16:354–57; see also GW to Huntington, 3 April, source note).

2The enclosed copy of the army compensation resolution passed on 10 April indicated “the determination of Congress that all the troops serving in the Continental Army shall be placed on an equal footing” (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 , 16:344–45, and General Orders, 30 April).

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