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From Thomas Jefferson to James Wood, 7 November 1780

To James Wood

Richmond Nov. 7. 1780.

Dear Sir

We think with you that the Germans you have furloughed to Augusta Rockingham &c. may be permitted to remain. My opinion of Pastor Kohlé is the same with yours, that is that he is more American than British. He never wrote a letter to me which could be exceptionable to me. I beleive that with a proper opportunity for explanations he might be rendered useful.

I am with great [estee]m Dr Sir Your most obedt. servt.,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Lloyd W. Smith, Madison, N.J., 1946); addressed by TJ: “Private Colo. James Wood.” Endorsed.

Pastor Kohle: Chaplain of the Regiment Specht in the Brunswick service (Riedesel, Memoirs, ii, 272); his further record is given as “unknown” in Eelking’s roster, and he may well have remained in America like many of his compatriots. No correspondence between him and TJ has been found, but see Unger to TJ, 13 Nov. 1780.

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