Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Steuben’s Aide-de-Camp, 5 March [1781]

From Steuben’s Aide-de-Camp

Chesterfield Co. Ho. 5 Mar [1781]


The General has set out this morning for Williamsburgh. He desired me to write your Excellency acquainting you that he had received a Letter from Capt. Eddins, the commanding Officer of artillery at York, Mentioning the great want of powder, there not being more than one Barrell and a half at the post.

It is the Baron’s wish that your Excellency will take measures to have some powder sent there, likewise a quantity put on board a Vessell and sent to College Creek as soon as possible. I have the honor

FC (NHi); in the hand of Major William North, who probably signed the (missing) RC.

There is also an FC in the Steuben Papers (NHi) which bears the heading “The Govr and Capt. Prior 5 Mar [probably John Pryor, field commissary of military stores].” This letter transmits Steuben’s order that Pryor is to send all the musket cartridges he has to College Creek, and then adds: “I have writen to his Excellency Governor Jefferson requesting some powder to be sent on board a Vessel at the same place. Perhaps you may put your Cartridges in the same Vessel. If you can it will be well, if not one must be procured at all events.” Captain Samuel Eddins was captain of the first Continental artillery (Heitman).

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