Thomas Jefferson Papers

William A. Burwell to Thomas Jefferson, 21 July 1813

From William A. Burwell

July 21st 1813


I wrote Mrs Burwell to send my horses to meet me at Monticello, under an expectation I should reach your house on thursday—the unexpected delay of the Tax bills compels me to remain longer, may I beg the favor of you to detain my Servant until I can leave this place, which I propose doing in a Hack—we have been much commotion for a week past—the whole City is under arms & on militia duty at the forts & elsewhere—they are preparing forts at Navy y’d & Greenleafs point;

I can not believe the British will attempt this City. but if they do, they will be Severely handled—there are 4 or 5000 troops well armed—accept my best

wishes for your happiness

W. A Burwell

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 23 July 1813 from Washington and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Burwell, Letitia McCreery (William Armistead Burwell’s wife); asked to send horses search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; and defense of Washington search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; letters from search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; plans to visit TJ search
  • Navy Department, U.S.; Washington Navy Yard search
  • War of1812; W. A. Burwell on search
  • Washington (D.C.); defenses of search
  • Washington (D.C.); Navy Yard search