George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 28–29 December 1780

From Samuel Huntington

Philadelphia December 28[–29] 1780


The enclosed Copy of an Act of Congress of the 24th Instant will inform your Excellency of the Measures they have adopted in Consequence of your Letter of the 15th Instant.1 I have the Honor to be with very great regard your Excellency’s most obedt & most humble Servant

Sam. Huntington President

P.S. Decmr 29 I have the Honour to Transmit your Excellency the Extract of a letter this moment receivd from Genl Greene with the agreable Intelligence of the Success of Genl Sumpter & Lt Col. Washington Containd in the enclsd dispatches.2 I am ut Supra


LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 15. Huntington wrote the postscript. GW acknowledged this letter when he wrote Huntington on 6 Jan. 1781 (DNA:PCC, item 152).

1Huntington enclosed a resolution that Congress passed on 22 Dec. in response to GW’s letter to Huntington dated 15 December. The enclosure reads: “Resolved, That the Paragraph of the Letter from the Commander in Chief of the 15th instant, which points out the pressing Necessity of effectual Measures for recruiting the Army to its full Compliment, be immediately communicated to the respective Legislatures or Executives: And they are earnestly required by the most decided and vigorous Exertions, not only to urge forward the Levying their respective Quotas of Troops without loss of time; but to furnish the Supplies of Provisions & Money assigned for their Support, with such punctuality as will put the Commander in Chief in a condition, with the Co-operation of our Ally, under the divine Blessing, to compel the Enemy to relinquish their Object of subjugating these States, And secure to us an honorable & permanent peace: And Congress once more remind the States that the public Safety essentially depends on their Complying, without reserve or delay, with the Measures adopted for an active and decisive Campaign” (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 , 18:1182). For the resolution’s transmission to state executives, see Huntington to the States, 22 Dec., in 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 , 16:477–78.

2The enclosed extract was taken from Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene’s letter to Huntington on 7 Dec.; the dispatches were copies of Col. Charles S. Myddelton’s letter to Greene on 20 Nov. and Brig. Gen. William Smallwood’s letter to Greene on 6 Dec. (all DLC:GW). For the same information as in the extract and the contents of the dispatches, see Greene to GW, 7 Dec., and notes 12 and 13.

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