Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to David Shepherd, 18 June 1779

To David Shepherd

Williamsburg, June 18, 1779.


You are desired to give notice to such recruits under the act of Assembly passed last winter as may not yet have marched from your county, to hold themselves in readiness to assemble at your courthouse at a moment’s warning from you. An officer will be immediately appointed, from whom you will receive notice of the day on which he will attend at your courthouse to receive them; and the necessities of the service oblige me to conjure your attention to their punctual delivery at the time he shall appoint.

I am, Sir, Your very humble Servant,

Th: Jefferson

RC (WHi). Printed circular, signed by TJ; “To the County Lieutenant of Ohio” written in a clerk’s hand at the lower left of the page.

David Shepherd: was appointed lieutenant of the newly formed county of Ohio in Jan. 1777, and held that office until his death in 1795 (Thwaites and Kellogg, Revolution on the Upper Ohio, 1775–1777, p. 196). The Act of Assembly: for speedily recruiting the Virginia regiments on Continental establishment was passed in the Oct. 1778 session (Hening, description begins William W. Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia description ends ix, 588–92).

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