Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Richard Claiborne, 2 April 1781

From Richard Claiborne

Richmond 2d. April. 1781.


I have looked over my estimates, which I transmitted some time since to the Assistant Quarter Master General, and find that they Amount to Two hundred and thirty eight thousand, one hundred and twenty eight Pounds, five Shillings, Specie or other money equivalent; This is for Supplies required for the Southern Army, The Pay of Persons employed, Waggon hire and contingent expenses in this State for the Campaign of 1781. Whether the Estimates have been made out in the same manner for the other branches by which the Proportions can be ascertain’d I submit to your Excellency.

For immediate releif the demands of this department requires for

Transportation, say £3000.
Wages 2000.
Manufactures 3000.
Cavalry Accoutrements 3000.
Forage 2000.
Contingencies 7000.

Your Excellency will be pleased to observe that the demands of the field business is not included in the above estimate, which will at least amount to Ten thousand Pounds.

I have the honor to be with the highest respect Your Excellency’s Most obedient Humble Servant,

Rd Claiborne DQMr.S.V.

RC (Vi); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Claiborne; addressed and endorsed. From Richard Claiborne

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