Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Huntington, 9 May 1781

To Samuel Huntington

Richmond, 9 May 1781. This letter is virtually identical with TJ’s letter to George Washington of the same date, q.v.

Tr (DLC: Washington Papers). Another Tr (PHi). FC (Vi). The first two are in the hand of Richard Peters.

TJ’s letter was read in Congress on 14 May 1781 and referred to the board of war (JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xx, 499). A letter from the board of war to Washington (DLC: Washington Papers) transmitted a copy of TJ’s letter to Huntington and stated in part: “General Wayne’s march (from the situation of the public finances) has been hitherto unfortunately delayed; The Board however have wrote to him to-day to press his departure in the strongest manner; and they hope that his difficulties are so far surmounted, that he will immediately set out with his detachment.” The board’s letter to Washington is dated 13 May (doubtless an error for 14 May, the day TJ’s letter was referred to them; see Washington’s reply, 29 May, Writings, ed. Fitzpatrick, xxii, 129).

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