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From Thomas Jefferson to Francis Taylor, 25 October 1779

To Francis Taylor

In Council Oct. 25. 1779


When you wrote your letter of the 13th. inst. my last to you was on the road. I now send you one Captain’s and three Ensigns commissions, so they will stand thus.

Burnley } Captains Slaughter } Lieutenants
Purvis Taylor
Porter Paulett
Burton Pettus
White Winston } Ensigns.
Herndon Slaughter

I am sorry to tell you that the throng of business peculiarly incumbent on the council puts it out of their power to do any thing with your requisition for necessaries more than to put it into the hands of the board of war. That board has not set these six weeks; but we are told they will set today and I hope will expedite your requisitions as well of the former as present letter.

I am Sir Your very humble servt,

Th: Jefferson

RC (O. O. Fisher, Detroit, 1950). At foot of text: “Colo. Taylor.” Enclosures missing.

Francis Taylor, who had retired from Continental service in 1778, was named colonel of a regiment of guards for the Convention army, Dec. 1778 (Va. Council Jour. description begins Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 247). Taylor’s letter of the 13th and tj’s last to you (Taylor) have not been found. In connection with the restaffing of the regiment of guards, see TJ’s list of officers of that regiment, printed under date of 5 Nov. 1779.

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