Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Chambers, 27 October 1804

Hobuckintoopa October 27th. 1804


I have to announce to you the sad & melancholy intelligence that Colonel Ephraim Kirby is no more. he expired about 4. OClock before noon of the 20th. Current, and his Corpse was interred with Military honors, at 3. O:Clock of the 28th. It may not be unsatisfactory for you to be informed, that the Military at Fort Stoddert gave very great respect and attention to his funeral: Capt. P. P. Schuyler commanding.

An Inventory of the Colonels books, papers and other effects have been taken, and the papers carefully sealed up:—They will be forwarded by David Parmelee, Clerk to the late board of Commissioners & a resident of Litchfield Connecticut, & the particular friend of the Colonel, to be delivered to Mrs. Kirby or such other person as may be legally authorised to receive them.

From a knowledge of the respectful and confidential regard which you had for Colonel Kirby, I have been induced to make this communication directly to you

I have the honor to be Sir, With respectful attachment Your mst. obedt. Servt.

Joseph Chambers

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