Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 23 July 1779

To George Washington

Williamsburgh July 23d. 1779


Your Letter of the 9th ulto. has been taken under Consideration, and I have now the pleasure to inform Your Excellency, that the report of the Board of Field Officers contain’d therein, meets with the intire approbation of the Executive of this State; I have therefore inclosed four blank Commissions, which it is requested You will be pleased to order to be filled up properly for the respective Officers intitled to them. I have been induced, Sir, to give You this trouble, lest any Mistake shou’d hereafter arise on Account of dating any of the said Commissions. I have the honor to be, with great respect Sir Your Most humble and Obedient Servant,

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Washington Papers); in a clerk’s hand, signed by TJ. Endorsed: “Govr. Jefferson 23 July 79. Inclg. Blank Commissions. acknd. 10th.”

Washington’s letter to Governor Henry of 9 June is printed in Writings, ed. Fitzpatrick, xv, 244–5. The opinion of the board of field officers, dated 29 May 1779 (Tr, DLC: Washington Papers), enclosed in the letter to Henry, recommended revoking standing commissions and issuing new ones to John Allison, John Lee, William Brent, and Thomas Meriwether to clear up a confusion in rank in the Virginia regiments. The blank commissions were filled in and given effect in Washington’s general orders issued 24 Aug. 1779 (Writings, ed. Fitzpatrick, xvi, 168).

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