Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Cyrus Griffin, 13 June [1780]

From Cyrus Griffin

Philadelphia, 13 June [1780]. Griffin is about to retire from Congress. Hopes governor approved intelligence he has forwarded. Confesses that, duty aside, he had “pride and pleasure in corresponding with a great character.” Stirling reports British in New Jersey considerably reinforced. They have built a floating bridge to retreat to Staten Island if necessary. Two or three “little battles” have taken place. Probably object of enemy was “to try the force of General Washingtons regular Troops—unluckily by the experiment they find our illustrious commander unable to meet them without the aid of militia—and what next?” Fears they will remain in Jersey until Clinton returns from Charleston and then make a bold attempt on the Continental stores. About fifty sail of merchantmen arrived at Philadelphia a few days ago.

RC (DLC); 4 p. Body of letter printed in full by Burnett, Letters of Members description begins Edmund C. Burnett, ed., Letters of Members of the Continental Congress description ends , v, No. 245, who conjectures that it was written originally as a postscript to Griffin’s letter to TJ of 9 June 1780, q.v.

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