To Patrick Henry
Orange March 25th. 1785
In compliance with your Excellency’s letter of the 22 of Jany.1 the Gentlemen to whom it was addressed excepting Mr. Grimes had a meeting yesterday for the first time, when they took the subject of it into consideration and have directed me to inform you that they recommend for County Lieutenant of Orange John Spotswood Esqr for Lieutenant Colonel Commandant, John Lee Esqr. for first Major William White Esqr. and for the other major Francis Cowherd Esqr. these being all the field offices required for the Militia of this County.2
I have the honor to be with the greatest res[pec]t. & esteem Yr. Excelly’s most obt. & hble servt.
J. Madison Jr.
RC (Vi). Addressed to Governor Henry, and docketed “Orange.”
1. Governor Henry’s letter concerned appointments for the Orange County militia.
2. Benjamin Grymes (ca. 1750–1787) was a leading citizen and Orange County justice of the peace (Scott, History of Orange County, p. 71). John Spotswood (ca. 1753–1801) was a captain in the 10th Virginia Regiment who was wounded at Brandywine and later captured at Germantown. He was exchanged by the British three years later (Heitman, Historical Register Continental description begins F. B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution (Washington, 1914). description ends , p. 512). John Lee (1743–1802) was the son of Hancock Lee. He served as an officer in the 1st Virginia Regiment during early days of the Revolution, was a marine captain aboard the Liberty, and became a major with the 2d Virginia Regiment at Valley Forge. He migrated to Kentucky about 1790 and settled in Woodford County (Lee, Lee Chronicle, p. 355). William White (d. 1828) was commissioned for duty with the 7th Virginia Regiment in 1776, rose to the rank of captain, and was captured at Charleston, 1780. He was paroled by the British, returned to Orange County, and later received a veteran’s pension (Heitman, Historical Register Continental description begins F. B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution (Washington, 1914). description ends , p. 587; Gwathmey, Historical Register of Virginians description begins John H. Gwathmey, Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution: Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, 1775–1783 (Richmond, 1938). description ends , p. 823).