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To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 29 October 1779

From Samuel Huntington

Philada October 29th 1779

Sir,

I am honour’d with your favours of the 21st instant, and have the pleasure to transmit your Excellency the enclos’d Act of Congress of the 27th instant pass’d in consequence of the intelligence contain’d in your letter from Colo. Broadhead.1 I have the honour to be with the greatest respect Your Excellencys hble servt

S.H. President.

LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

1GW’s letters to Huntington of 21 Oct. acknowledged congressional approval of Maj. Gen. John Sullivan’s expedition against the Six Nations, transmitted an extract from Col. Daniel Brodhead’s letter reviewing his expedition up the Allegheny River valley, and provided intelligence on British troop movements around New York City and in Rhode Island.

The resolution that Congress adopted on 27 Oct. reads: “That the thanks of Congress be given to his Excellency General Washington, for directing, and to Colonel D. Brodhead and the brave officers and soldiers under his command, for executing the important expedition against the Mingo and Muncey Indians, and that part of the Senecas on the Alleghany river, by which the depredations of those savages, assisted by their merciless instigators, subjects of the king of Great Britain, upon the defenceless inhabitants of the western frontiers, have been restrained and prevented” (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 15:1212–13).

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