Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Andrew Donnally, 14 April 1781

To Andrew Donnally

Richmond April 14th. 1781


I am sorry to find that the Indians have begun their Hostilities so early: however I hope General Clarke will soon give them employment nearer home and that you will be thus effectually relieved. I have directed Mr. Brown the Commissary to appoint a Deputy in your County for subsisting any Militia it shall be necessary to employ, which Deputy will have a Power of using the Tax Grain and providing Beef. He accordingly writes by Mr. Henderson on that Subject (to Mr. Archy Matthews I believe). The Vein of lead at the Mine failed some time ago, and all the lead there was sent to the Southern Army and to this place, so that at present there is not a Probability of getting a Pound there. They are using their best Efforts to find it again. Should they succeed it will be in our Power to help you to some. I am &c,

T. J.

FC (Vi). At head of text: “Colonel Donnelly”; this officer, however, signed his name as “Donnally”; see letter from the officers of the Greenbrier militia to TJ, 29 Jan. 1781.

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