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From Thomas Jefferson to the Continental Board of War, 28 July 1780

To the Continental Board of War

Richmond July 28. 1780.

General Gates has written to me most pressingly for 1000 Tents. We have not a single Tent, nor is there stuff to be got within the State to make one. What we had were formerly lent to Colo. Finnie and have not been replaced. Our Militia went without a single Tent; and Porterfield’s Detachment carried but few. I think it my duty to state this matter to you as I am satisfied the Southern Army cannot be supplied with this article but from you. Some other articles as falling axes &c. we shall supply with all possible expedition.

Tr (DLC: PCC, No. 148, i); extract only, in a clerk’s hand, transmitted to the President of Congress in a letter from the War Office, 14 Aug. 1780, which is signed “by ord Ben Stoddert Secy.” (same location) and endorsed: “Letter from Board of War Read Aug 14., 1780 Referred to board of war to report.”

The Board of War reported on this letter 28 Aug., and Congress ordered that 1,000 soldiers’ tents be sent to the southern army; see JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xvii, 730, 787.

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