Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Huntington, 30 December 1779

From Samuel Huntington

Philada Decr 30th 1779


Your Excellency will receive herewith enclos’d the copy of a letter from Thomas Scott to the President of Pennsylvania of the 29th of Novemr. last with a copy of the proceedings of the President and Council of Pennsylvania of the 15th of Decemr., as also an act of Congress of the 27th Instant consequent thereon recommending to the contending Parties not to grant any part of the disputed lands or to disturb the possession of any persons living thereon and to avoid every appearance of force until the dispute can be amicably settled by both States or brought to a Just decision by the intervention of Congress, That possession forcibly taken be restored to the original possessor and things in the situation they were at the Commencement of the war, without prejudice to the Claims of either party.

I have the honour to be &c.

S.H. Pt.

FC (DLC: PCC, No. 14). Enclosures: (1) Thomas Scott to Joseph Reed, 29 Nov. 1779 (printed above); (2) Joseph Reed to Pennsylvania Delegates in Congress, 15 Dec. 1779 (DLC: PCC, No. 69, ii; printed in Penna. Archives, 1st ser., viii, 46–7); (3) resolve of Congress, 27 Dec. 1779, requesting Virginia and Pennsylvania to refrain from granting lands in the area in dispute between them until the dispute is settled (not located; printed in JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xv, 1411).

On the boundary dispute, see Proceedings of Commissioners, 27–31 Aug. 1779, and references there; also TJ’s answer to Huntington, 9 Feb. 1780.

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