Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the County Lieutenants of Hanover and Certain Other Counties, 12 March 1781

To the County Lieutenants of Hanover and Certain Other Counties

In Council March 12th 1781


You will be pleased to send 1 effective men of your militia immediately to Williamsburg under proper officers. I would advise that they carry what good firelocks they have. Deficiencies I expect may be supplied.

I must beseech you to lose no Time in executing this order as the aid of these men is immediately wanting. Should the Call of such a Proportion of your militia render the prosecution of your Draught impracticable, you will be pleased to suspend the Draught until further Orders. I must expect your exertions to see that the full number be sent and that you inform me of it and the Time of their march. I am &c.,

T. J.

FC (Vi); at head of text: “To the County Lieutenants of Hanover, Caroline, Spotsylvania & King William.”

1Below the text of FC there is the following list of the counties with the numbers to be inserted in the letter to each at this point: “Hanover 245, Caroline 260, Spotsylvania 120, King William 55.”

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