Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Huntington, 3 June 1781

From Samuel Huntington

Philadelphia June 3. 1781


I have been honored with your Excellency’s Letter of the 28th Ulto., previous to which Congress had adopted the Measures contained in their Act of the 31st Ulto., Copy of which is enclosed, for sending Assistance to repel the Enemy in Virginia. No Means in the Power of Congress will be left unessayed to give you all necessary Aid. I am informed some Arms are now on the Way for Virginia, and the Board of War are still using their Endeavors, not without Prospect of Success, to procure more Arms to supply such Troops from Maryland and this State as may be raised and march to join the Marquis de la Fayette.

Enclosed are Extracts of Intelligence from the West Indies which you may not have received.

I have the Honor to be, with very great Respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient Servant,

Sam. Huntington

RC (Vi); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Huntington; endorsed. FC (DLC: PCC, No. 16). Enclosures: (1) Resolve of Congress of 31 May 1781 recommending to the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland to raise troops to be sent to Virginia at once, since the “Deficiency of the Continental regular Lines makes it absolutely necessary to call forth a respectable Body of Militia till those Lines be completed”; it was recommended that Pennsylvania raise four battalions of infantry, one company of artillery, and one corps of horse; Delaware one battalion of infantry and one corps of horse; and Maryland two battalions of infantry and one corps of horse. Each of the infantry battalions was to consist of nine companies of 64 men rank and file (Vi; printed in JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, D.C., 1904–37, 34 vols. description ends , xx, 583–4). (2) Tr of extracts of letters of 3 and 8 May 1781 announcing the arrival of De Grasse’s fleet in the West Indies and stating that “Rodney is now at Statia dividing the Spoil of the poor Dutch and Americans” (Vi; printed in CVSP, ii description begins William P. Palmer and others, eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond, Richmond, 1875–93, 11 vols. description ends , 84–5).

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