Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796.
[Letter] 1780 May 11, Philadelphia [to] [Thomas Jefferson] the Governor of Virginia / Samuel Huntington.
Huntington forwards an Act of Congress and a letter from P. Legras addressing the issues therein. At the time this letter was written, Huntington was serving as President of the Continental Congress (1779-1781, 1783) of which he was a Member in 1776, 1778-1781 and 1783. Active in the Early Republic, Huntington signed the Declaration of Independence, and served as Governor of Connecticut from 1786 to his death in 1796. The recipient of the letter, Thomas Jefferson, served as Governor of Virginia from 1779 to 1781. Before assuming these duties he had served in the Continental Congress (1775-76 and later 1783-84) and was recognized as the main author of the Declaration of Independence (1776). He went on to serve as Washington's Secretary of State (1789-93), Adam's Vice President (1797-1801), minister to France, and third President of the United States (1801-1809) for two terms. He later founded the University of Virginia.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
[Letter] June 16, Paris [to] Col. Smith / Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson makes financial arrangements to pay for a printing press and related equipment which he arranges to be sent to him in Paris. He asks his correspondent for news of America as he has not seen a report of Congress since October 10 or a letter from the Office of Foreign Affairs later than January. Jefferson further states that there is a "violent contest" between the king and parliament in France. Jefferson was active in the early republic as a member of the Continental Congress (1775-76, 1783-84), primary author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), Governor of Virginia (1779-81), Minister to France, Secretary of State under John Adams (1797-1801), and third President of the United States (1801-09). He also helped to found the University of Virginia and part of his library began the collection at the Library of Congress.
Nicholas, Robert Carter, 1728-1780.
[Document] 1773 April 1 / Robert Carter Nicholas.
Nicholas' signature appears on this draft in 1773 for the sum of three pounds to be paid to the bearer by 1775. Nicholas signs himself as the Treasurer of the Colony and Dominions of Virginia. The recto also bears the signatures of witnesses (Taylor Randolph and John Blair). This draft was written during the period leading to the Revolutionary War. Often a moderate when compared with acquaintances Patrick Henry or even Thomas Jefferson, Nicholas sought accommodations with Britain, but stood firm in his opposition to the stamp tax and the Townshend duties; he urged a boycott of British imports after the response of that country to the Boston Tea Party. Nicholas had served fifteen years in the Virginia House of Burgesses in addition to acting as treasurer, and from 1760-1774 he also served as trustee of a Williamsburg school for African Americans.