Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Muter, 7 February 1781

To George Muter

Artificers of the best kind 5/.  or 25℔. tobacco
Common Do. 3/9 18¾
Boat wrights of the best kind 7/6 37½
Common Do. 5/.  25
Waggon Conductors 5/.  25
Waggoners 2/6 12½
Labourers good 2/  10
Express riders 2/6 12½
4 horse teams and drivers 10/.  50.
2 horse teams and drivers 7/6 37½


In Council Feby 7. 1781.

It being necessary that there should be an agreement in the prices given by the Continental and State Quartermasters, you will be pleased to order the State Q.M. not to exceed the above rates of daily hire in any future contracts. Those Contracts already in existence we are not at liberty to reduce. I am Sir Yr. very hble Servt,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Vi); in a clerk’s hand, signed by TJ; endorsed. FC (Vi). Tr in War Office Journal (Vi). The schedule of pay for employees of the state and Continental quartermasters’ departments is a revision of a schedule submitted by Claiborne; see TJ to Claiborne, this date.

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