George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 5 March 1781

From Samuel Huntington

Philadelphia March 5. 1781


I do myself the Honor to forward the enclosed Despatches from General Greene;1 also the enclosed Copy of a Letter from Governor Jefferson which contains the latest Intelligence received from the Southward.2

Perhaps the enclosed Letter addressed to your Excellency, (supposed to be) from Governor Jefferson, may contain similar Intelligence.3

By the enclosed Copy of an Act of Congress of the first Instant your Excellency will be informed that the Confederation is finally ratified by all the States.4 I have the Honor to be with the highest respect your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant

Sam. Huntington

P.S. Your Excellency’s Favour of the 27th Ulto was this Day received.5

LS, DLC:GW; LB, DNA:PCC, item 15. GW replied to Huntington on 21 March (DNA:PCC, item 152).

1See Nathanael Greene to GW, 15 Feb.; see also Greene to Huntington, same date, in Greene Papers description begins Richard K. Showman et al., eds. The Papers of General Nathanael Greene. 13 vols. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1976–2005. description ends , 7:289.

2The enclosed letter from Virginia governor Thomas Jefferson to Huntington, dated 26 Feb., is in DLC:GW (see also Jefferson Papers description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 41 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends , 5:12). It is nearly identical to Jefferson’s letter to GW of the same date.

4The enclosed “Extract from the Minutes,” dated 1 March, reads: “According to the Order of the day, the honble John Hanson and Daniel Carrol two of the Delegates for the State of Maryland, In pursuance of the Act of the Legislature of that State, entitled, ‘An Act to empower the Delegates of this State in Congress to subscribe and ratify the Articles of Confederation,’ which was read in Congress the twelfth of February last, and a Copy thereof entered upon the Minutes, did in behalf of the said State of Maryland sign and ratify the said Articles of Confederation, By which Act the Confederation of the United States of America was compleated, each and every of the thirteen United States from New Hampshire to Georgia are both included having adopted and confirmed and by their Delegates in Congress ratified the same” (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 , 19:213–14).

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