Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Huntington, [9 January 1781]

From Samuel Huntington

[Philadelphia, 9 Jan. 1781.] Encloses copies of resolutions of Congress of 5 and 8 Jan. The former relates to “the unwarrantable and cruel Treatment which … Prisoners with the Enemy have of late received,” necessitating the “Exercise of the Law of retaliation”; recommends that measures be taken for carrying into execution the resolves of Congress of 13 Jan. 1780 respecting prisoners taken by the citizens or forces of the states. The second resolution recommends to the states from New Hampshire to North Carolina, inclusive, the procuring and forwarding their quotas of money for use of the officers in captivity at New York and on Long Island. Postscript acknowledges receipt of TJ’s letter of 25 Nov. 1780.

RC (Vi); 3 p.; undated; endorsed: “Pr. of Congress Lr. Feby 12. 81.” Enclosures: (1) resolution of Congress, 5 Jan. 1781 (Vi), endorsed: “Congress resolves Virginia for retaliation Feby 81.”; (2) resolutions of 8 Jan. 1781 (Vi), endorsed: “Congress requisition Virginia of money Feby 81.” FC (DLC: PCC, No. 15); dated 9 Jan. 1781.

The resolutions of 5 and 8 Jan. 1781 are printed in JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xix, 27–8, 38; those of 13 Jan. 1780 in same, xvi, 48–52. TJ’s letter of 25 Nov. has not been located, but see TJ to George Washington, 26 Nov. 1780, which is probably the same in substance.

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