Recipient: President of Congress
Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
This letter, received by Congress on 19 Nov. 1781, contained the order of battle of
the combined French and Spanish fleets at Cádiz. The information, probably taken from
the Gazette de Leyde
of 1 Dec., was copied into the Letterbook by
's brief opening paragraph. It is the first known instance where
, acting as his father's secretary, copies a letter to Congress.