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From Thomas Jefferson to Solomon Sessums, 12 February 1804

To Solomon Sessums

Washington Feb. 12. 04.


I recieved three days ago a letter of Jan. 28. from your son Lemuel Sessums stating circumstances which rendered the discharge of your son Roderick Sessums from his military engagements a reasonable indulgence to you on the part of the government. an order has accordingly gone from here for his discharge. the last returns we possess are of about three months ago, when he was at Natchez, from whence he has consequently gone with his company to New Orleans. I wish to yourself and family an early & happy reunion with him.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MoSHi: Jefferson Papers); at foot of text: “Mr. Solomon Sessums”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Solomon Sessums of Tarboro, North Carolina, died in 1817 (New York Spectator, 19 Dec. 1817; Lemuel Sessums to TJ, 28 Jan. 1804).

an order has accordingly gone: on or about 10 Feb., Henry Dearborn directed Thomas H. Cushing to order the discharge of Roderick Sessums, a private serving in Captain John Bowyer’s company (FC in Lb in DNA: RG 107, LSMA; Heitman, Dictionary description begins Francis B. Heitman, comp., Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, Washington, D.C., 1903, 2 vols. description ends , 1:235).

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