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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Orders re: to take charge as Commissary of Virginia militia

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01967 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Richmond Type: Letter signed Date: 1780/12/24 Pagination: 1 p. + docket 23 x 19 cm

Signed as Governor of Virginia, mentioning troops being sent "to Fort Pitt on their way down the Ohio" when Indians were raiding the western borders. The close and "thirty thousand pounds" are in Jefferson's hand.

Richmond Dec. 24. 1780 -
Sir /
A detachment of the Militia of the County of Berkeley being ordered to Fort Pitt on their way down the Ohio, you are desired to act as commissary and quartermaster for them till their arrival at Fort Pitt. The time of their rendevousing within the county will be made known to you by the commanding officer. You will therefore provide in time subsistence for them during their march, & transportation for the little baggage they will carry. This transportation is to be effected by Waggons or horses for hire & not to be purchased. I send you for the purpose of enabling you to perform these duties thirty thousand pounds for the expenditure of which you will finally settle with the board of auditors.
I am Sir
your very humble servt
Th: Jefferson
Berkeley

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