Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Hunter, 28 May 1781

To James Hunter

Charlottesville May 28th 1781


I formerly desired Mr. Ross to write to you for five hundred horsemen’s Swords made on the Model of the one lodged with you (I believe) by order of Colo. Washington. I must now desire you will add five hundred more to that Number and urge you in the strongest Terms to employ every hand you possibly can in making them; also to let me know what number are ready and how many we may expect by the Week.

Should Colo. Fitzgerald have sent the Incyclopedie to you I shall be obliged to you to contrive it to Winchester if possible as that place will be safer even than this: should he not have sent it be so good as to forward to him the inclosed Letter.

Lord Cornwallis from Carolina and a Reinforcement of 2000 Men from New York have joined Arnold and crossed James River. I am &c.,

Thomas Jefferson

FC (Vi). TJ’s letter to John Fitzgerald, enclosed with the present letter to Hunter, has not been found; but see TJ to Fitzgerald, 27 Feb. 1781 and Fitzgerald’s reply, 1 Apr. 1781.

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