Thomas Jefferson Papers

Commission as Surveyor of Albemarle County, 6 June 1773

Commission as Surveyor of Albemarle County

[6 June 1773]

To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting: Know ye, that we the President and Masters of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, by Virtue of a royal Grant from their late Majesties King William and Queen Mary, of the Office of Surveyor General of the Colony of Virginia to the said College, have constituted and appointed, and by these Presents do constitute and appoint Thomas Jefferson Surveyor of Albemarle County during Pleasure, in the Place and Stead of

In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our Hands, and caused the Seal of the said College to be affixed, this sixth Day of June in the fourteenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George, King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, &c. And in the Year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and seventy three.

John Camm Pr.

J. Gwatkin

James Madison

Printed form, filled in and signed (DLC). Seal of the College of William and Mary in lower left corner. The space for the previous incumbent’s name is blank.

An identical form, with the same date, empowering TJ to appoint his own assistant, is in DLC. By Article xvi of the charter of the College of William and Mary, 1693, the surveyor-generalship of Virginia was vested in the trustees of the College (Henry Hartwell, et al., The Present State of Virginia, and the College, ed. H. D. Farish, Williamsburg, 1940, p. 90–2). In coming to this office TJ was again following in the footsteps of his father, who had been surveyor for Goochland and Albemarle (Malone, Jefferson, i, 26).

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