DescriptionSamuel Huntington Letter Signed to Thomas Jefferson, Governor of Virginia. One page with integral blank, 7.5" x 9", Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; April 21, 1781. A manuscript circular in a secretarial hand, signed by Huntington as president of the Continental Congress, to Thomas Jefferson, [Richmond, Virginia], as Governor of Virginia, transmitting a copy of a report on United States debts:
The United States in Congress assembled, deeming it proper & necessary to communicate to their Constituents in the several States, as fully as can be done, a proper Representation of their national Affairs, the Amount of the public Debts due from the United States, together with the Estimates for the Current year; having examined & agreed to the Report of their Committee on that Subject of the 18th Instant, I do myself the Honor to transmit your Excellency a copy thereof...
Sam. Huntington President
In this letter to Jefferson, Huntington is referencing a report that was submitted to Congress on April 18, 1781 by a committee comprised of James Duane (1733-1797) of New York, William Sharp (1742-1818) of North Carolina, and Oliver Wolcott, Sr. (1726-1797) of Connecticut, that was appointed to estimate the amount of debt due from the U.S., along with debts for the current year. The report was debated and agreed upon by Congress. Copies of the report was ordered by Congress be sent to the several states.
Samuel Huntington (1731-1796) was a lawyer from Connecticut who became active with the Sons of Liberty in 1774. Elected to Connecticut's Upper House of Assembly in 1776, he served on the Council of Safety, and was selected a delegate to the Continental Congress that year, and was one of the signors of the Declaration of Independence. Huntington served two terms as President of the Congress during the important adoption of the Articles of Confederation. He was called home in 1784 when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut. Two year later, in 1786, he was elected governor. Because of his immense popularity in the office, he was re-elected every term until his death 1796.
Thomas Jefferson served as the second governor of Virginia, serving in that capacity from June 1779 to June 1781. By the time he received this communication from Huntington, a frequent correspondent, Jefferson was in his second term as governor of a state that was under constant threat of invasion from British forces during the American Revolution. In fact, on April 18, 1781, three days before Huntington signed the circular letter transmitted to Jefferson, the governor received word that British troops were sailing up the James River toward Richmond, Virginia's capital. At the end of May, Jefferson retreated to Charlottesville and later retreated to Poplar Forest, his other farm in Bedford County. Although Jefferson was criticized for fleeing, the Virginia General Assembly brought no charges against him.
Condition: Very clean with bold ink on age-toned paper; a few stray pencil markings. Integral page has been tipped into a larger sheet.
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