George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Huntington, 2 January 1781

Philadelphia January 2. 1781


Your Excellency will receive herewith enclosed, an Act of Congress of the 29th Ulto relative to the Exchange of Prisoners.

I have also enclosed an Act of the 1st Instant, with an Extract of a Letter from the Honorable John Adams Esquire of the 23d of August.

Your Excellency will please to observe on this Subject your Opinion is desired on the Expediency of ordering the Forces of his most Christian Majesty now at New Port in Rhode Island, to take Post in Virginia.

From the Plan for future Operations which it is presumed you have concerted in Conjunction with the Count de Rochambeau, as also many other Circumstances incident to your Station, you are best able to determine the Expediency of the proposed Measure; and I need not inform you that as Congress have thought proper to make the Proposal, your Opinion will give them entire Satisfaction on the Subject.

The enclosed resolve respecting Lt Colonel Wm Smith it is to be hoped may prove agreable to your Wishes, and from his particular Circumstances create no Disatisfaction in the Army.

Your Excellency will note the last resolve respecting the Officers lately exchanged or now in Captivity, how far it may be carried into Execution I am unable to determine. I have the Honor to be with the highest respect your Excellency’s most obedient & most humble Servant

Sam. Huntington President

P.S. I have been honored with your Despatches under the 20th 22d & 27th Ulto.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.


23 August 1780

Extract of a letter from the honble John Adams at Amsterdam August 23. 1780

"The truth is according to my information that orders are already sent out by the british cabinet to prosecute the war with vigour in North Carolina and Virginia the ensuing fall winter and Spring. Genl Prevost is sailed with some frigates to aid their operations on cape fear river."

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