Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Hunter, 10 January 1781

To James Hunter

Richmond Jany 10. 1781


The importance of your Works to the operations of War will doubtless point them out as a proper object of destruction to the desolating Enemy now in the Country. They are at this time at Westover and will possibly embark there. Their next expedition we cannot foresee; lest it should be to demolish your Works, I write to Genl. Weedon to take measures for protecting them: In the mean time I would advise you to move directly off into the Country every thing movable. Should you not be able to effect this by your own and hired Waggons, I hereby authorize you to impress Waggons, teams and drivers for that purpose, only placing yourself instead of the public in point of responsibility to the Owners.

I am Sir Your most obt Servt,


FC (Vi).

Hunter’s works were located in Fredericksburg. The immediate measures taken by TJ to protect these works were in response to Steuben’s letter of 9 Jan., q.v.; see TJ to Steuben and to Weedon, both of the present date.

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