Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Harrison, 2 January 1781

To Benjamin Harrison

Jan. 2. 1781.


I have this moment received a confirmation of the arrival of a hostile fleet consisting of 19. ships, 2 brigs and 10 sloops and schooners. The advance of the fleet were yesterday morning in Warrasqueak bay, and just getting into motion up the river with a favorable wind and tide. Their destination from the intelligence of deserters and some captured mariners whom they put on shore is up James river. I beg the favor of you to communicate this intelligence to the General assembly and have the honor to be with the most perfect respect Sir your most obedt. servt.,

Th: Jefferson

RC (DeHi); addressed and docketed: “Governors Letter January 2d. 1781. respecting the Enemys advance up Jas: river. to lie on table.” FC (Vi).

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