Thomas Jefferson Papers

Jacob Koontz to Thomas Jefferson, 14 July 1816

From Jacob Koontz

Anville Town Lebanon County Pa. July 14th 1816

To His Excellency Dr Sr as I am not Able to Come Such a distance my self to Look after my own Affairs I thought proper to Write to you as a father that I Should have Justice done to me as I Served my Country faithfully and Obedient to my Officers till I was dissabled which my Discharge will Show that I have done all the Duties that a Soldier Can do, and I have Understood and Seen in the papers that a Soldier Can Receive pay for the land that they was to get and as I live in this place and has a Tedious family and my self not well and not able to Undertake Such a Journey therefore, I would be very much Obliged to you if you Could let me know how or in what manner I Could Receive my pay or whether I must Except of the land that is Allowed for the Soldiers; By Complying to my Request I Shall for ever Remain

Yours Respectfully—

Jacob Koontz

RC (DNA: RG 94, LRAG); at foot of text: “His Excellency—Thomas Jefferson Prsd”; endorsed by TJ as received 24 July 1816 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found. Enclosed in TJ to William H. Crawford, 27 July 1816. [This document, located after the pertinent chronological volume was published, will appear in the concluding supplement to the print edition.]

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