Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the County Lieutenant of Spotsylvania, 8 May 1781

To the County Lieutenant of Spotsylvania

Richmond May 8th. 1781.


The British [&c. as in the preceding letter to the words combined.]1 This movement of the enemy frees your part of the Country of every probability of Molestation, except from Privateers, against which the Counties uncalled on will be a sufficient Defence. You will therefore be pleased [&c.]1 to Richmond where they will receive orders to join Major General Marquis Fayette. When you shall be possessed [&c. to the end.]1 I am &c.,

Tho Jefferson

FC (Vi); at head of text: “County Lieutenant of Spotsylvania.”

1Brackets supplied; for the portions of the text to be supplied here see the preceding letter to the county lieutenants of Lunenburg, &c.

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