From Sampson Mathews, with Jefferson’s Instructions to George Muter
Bowling-green 21st. Jany 1781
I am advanced this Far with the Militia From augusta (after having been at Fredricksburg four days) by order of Genl. Mulenburg. Colo. John Bowyer with about 220 Men From Rockbridge has Joined me this morning.
There is wanting Smiths vices, Files and some fine Steel For the Repair of the arms of the militia.
The Bearer Mr. Chas. Cocke will wait on your Excellency For an order For these articles which are very much wanting. I have the Honour to be with Much Esteem & Respect your Excellencys obedt. huml. Servt.,
If it be possible to furnish these articles, it is conceived to be very necessary, and we wish Colo. Muter to take immediate measures for that purpose. A person waits for them.
RC (Vi); addressed, in part: “Pr. Mr. Chas. Cocke Express”; endorsed; instructions to George Muter, in TJ’s hand, written on verso of enclosed memorandum. Enclosure (Vi): “Memom. of files &c. wanting for the Gunsmith of Collo. Mathews Militia now on duty Imedeatly under his command & Colo. Jno. Bowgers do. from Rockbridge—2 Hand vices & one Bench Vice 2 Fetheredge Files. & 2. three square files do. 6 ℔. of good London or Germain Steel. January the 21st. 1781. Samp. Mathews Lieut of augusta.”