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Joseph Wheaton to Thomas Jefferson, 17 January 1814

From Joseph Wheaton

Richmond Jany 17. 1814

Excellent Sir

I understand from Mr William Johnson—that he is one of your overseers—and that he has been impressed into the Service of the united States by a Mr1 Nathanl Childers of Manchester Forage Master—Under Col Wm Swan—Qutr Mastr Genl Norfolk—this circumstance came to My knowledge by Settling Johnsons account—Childers had no authority to make any impressment whatever any inconvenience which you May have Suffered from this unauthorized Conduct—Nathaniel Childers is answerable for—. I am not Chargeable with any impropriety on this office—

I am Excellent Sir Sincerely & faithfully your obedient Humble Servant
Joseph Wheaton
A, D, Q, M, Genl

RC (DLC); adjacent to closing: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Jan. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

1Wheaton here canceled “Nicholas.”

Index Entries

  • Army, U.S.; impressment of boats for search
  • boats; impressment of search
  • Childers, Nathaniel; as forage master search
  • impressment; of boats search
  • Johnson, William (waterman); impressment of search
  • Swan, William; as quartermaster general search
  • Wheaton, Joseph; and office of quartermaster general search
  • Wheaton, Joseph; letters from search