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To Thomas Jefferson from John Syme, 26 February 1781

From John Syme

New Castle, 26 Feb. 1781. Is informed that there are 50 state muskets at John Newell’s in Hanover co. which might be repaired; shall Syme order them to be repaired? Further instructions from TJ clarifying the method of drafting men are needed. “A few People Among us (One of which is a Field Officer) that Declares He Will not Pay a Shilling, and intends to Plead the Laws not being in Time.” Syme has been unable to get a return of the militia in this officers battalion. Desires to have late intelligence and asks if anything has been heard lately from Patrick Henry.

RC (Vi); 3 p.; addressed in part: “Care Mr. Turner”; endorsed.

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