George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 1 February 1780

From Samuel Huntington

Philadelphia February 1. 1780

sir,

I am honour’d with your Excellency’s favours of the 26, 27, & 29. ulto which have been laid before Congress.1

Enclosed you will receive an act of Congress of the 31. ulto (a Copy of which is transmitted to Governor Livingston)— Expressing the high sense they entertain of the attachment and Zeal of the Magistrates and Inhabitants of the State of New Jersey int the Common Cause and their ready and effectual Exertions in furnishing provision for the Army under your Excellencies Command.2 I have the honour to be with the highest respect your Excelly’s hble Servt

Sam. Huntington President

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 14.

1GW addressed two letters to Huntington on 26 Jan., and two letters to him on 27 January. The letter of 29 Jan. apparently is a reference to GW’s letter to Elbridge Gerry of that date. There is no evidence in the journals of Congress that GW’s letter to Gerry was laid before Congress.

2The enclosed copy of a resolution of Congress, signed by Charles Thomson and dated 31 Jan., reads: “Resolved, That Congress are impressed with a high sense of the attachment and zeal of the magistrates and inhabitants of the State of New Jersey in the common cause and of their ready and effectual exertions in providing and furnishing the army under his excellency the commander in chief with provisions at a time when the difficulty of transportation rendered such exertions absolutely necessary” (DLC:GW; see also JCC, description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends 16:111). Congress passed this resolution after reading GW’s first letter to Huntington of 27 January.

For Huntington’s letter of this date to New Jersey governor William Livingston, see Smith, Letters of Delegates, description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends 14:383.

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