Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 19 March 1781

To George Washington

Richmond, Mar. 19th. 1781


I have the honor of inclosing your Excellency a copy of a letter from Genl. Greene with some other intelligence received, not doubting your anxiety to know the movements in the South. I find we have deceived ourselves not a little by counting on the whole numbers of militia which have been in motion as if they had all remained with Genl. Greene, when in fact they seem only to have visited and quitted him. The Marquis Fayette arrived at York on the 15th. His troops still remained at the head of the bay till the appearance of some force which should render their passage down safe.

I have the honor to be with sentiments of the highest esteem & respect, your Excellencys most obedt. & most hble Servt.,

Th: Jefferson

RC (DLC: Washington Papers); endorsed, in part: From Virginia March 1781 “Govr. Jefferson with [Letters from?] Genl. Gre[ene] Majr: McGill Ansd. 4: April.” FC (Vi); at head of text: “To the President of Congress & General Washington.” PrC (DLC: TJ Papers). Enclosures: Nathanael Greene to TJ, 10 Mch. (DLC: Washington Papers); extracts of Charles Magill to TJ, 8, 10 and 13 Mch. 1781 (not located in Washington Papers; Tr in DLC: TJ Papers, sent either to Washington or Huntington). The letters of Greene and Magill are printed above under their respective dates.

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