Exhibit 16


Securities and Exchange Commission

450 Fifth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20549




We have read Item 9 of Form 10-K dated March 5, 2004, of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated and are in agreement with the statements contained in the first three paragraphs of Item 9 therein. We have no basis to agree or disagree with other statements of the registrant contained therein.


/s/ Ernst & Young LLP


Columbus, Ohio

March 5, 2004