Thomas Jefferson Papers

Commission as Lieutenant of Albemarle, 26 September 1775

Commission as Lieutenant of Albemarle

[26 September 1775]

for the Colony of VIRGINIA
To Thomas Jefferson Esquire

By Virtue of the Power and Authority invested in us, by the Delegates and Representatives of the several Counties and Corporations in General Convention assembled, we, reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Patriotism, Fidelity, Courage, and good Conduct, do, by these Presents, constitute and appoint you to be Lieutenant and Commander in Chief of the Militia of the County of Albemarle; and you are therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the Trust reposed in you, by disciplining all Officers and Soldiers under your Command. And we do hereby require them to obey you as their Commander in Chief. And you are to observe and follow all such Orders and Directions as you shall from Time to Time receive from the Convention, the Committee of Safety for the Time being, or any superiour Officers, according to the Rules and Regulations established by the Convention.

} Edmd. Pendleton
Given under our Hands, at Williamsburg this
26th. Day of September Anno Domini 1775.
Thos. Lud: Lee
P. Carrington
Dudley Digges
Carter Braxton
[James] Mercer1
John Jabb

Printed form, filled in and signed (DLC). The words filled in are in the hand of Edmund Pendleton.

TJ had been appointed lieutenant of Albemarle 9 June 1770; see his commission of that date. He was now reappointed by the authority of the Committee of Safety, the executive agency of the revolutionary Convention.

1A name following Mercer’s had faded beyond legibility.

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