From Thomas Nelson
Pierres 12 Miles above Wmsburg Jany 4th 1781
3 o clock p: m:
I have just receiv’d the inclos’d Letter from Wmsburg which gives the best account of the Enemy’s force that I have yet obtain’d. Their intentions are higher up the River, either to Petersburg or Richmond, which they will make a bold push for, if not check’d on their landing. If they discover a determination in the Inhabitants to oppose them, they will [m]ove with caution, and perhaps return to Hampton with disgrace. They will proceed as high up the River as they can for fear of desertion among their Troops, to which they are much dispos’d.
I remain still very weak having receiv’d no reinforcements from the Neighbouring Counties yet. Our Expresses behave most infamously and in what manner to act with them I know not. Unless some rigorous measures are taken with them we shall have no regularity.
I am with much esteem Your Obed servt,
Thos Nelson Jr
RC (NHi). Enclosure not identified.
There is no indication of the name of the addressee of this letter. It is probable that it was sent to TJ, who in turn forwarded it to Steuben; see Marie Kimball, Jefferson: War and Peace, p. 132–3; also Nelson to TJ, following.