Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Holmes, 9 August 1780

To Joseph Holmes

Richmond August 9th 1780.


I laid before Council your Letter, desiring that barracks might be provided for the Continental prisoners in your charge. Tho it seems highly necessary, and that they might probably be built of logs in the manner of those in Albemarle at no great expence, yet it is to Congress or to the Continental Board of war, to whom your application must be made, and from whom the order must come. Perhaps if their suit against Hobday for his breach of contract, is likely soon to bring them in money to answer this expence, it might be an inducement to them to order barracks on the cheap plan proposed.

I am Sir, Your very humble servt.,

Th: Jefferson

FC (Vi, photostat from Brit. Mus.: Add. MSS 38,650). At head of text: “Mr Jo: Holmes D. C. G. [Deputy Commissary General] Prisoners at Winchester.”

Holmes’ letter to which this is an answer is missing.

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