Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Francis Eppes, 7 November 1775

To Francis Eppes

Philadelphia Nov. 7. 1775

Dear Sir

We have no late intelligence here except of the surrender of Chambly, with 90. prisoners of war, 6½ tons of powder, 150 stands of arms and some other small matters. The acquisition of this powder we hope has before this made us masters of St. John’s, on which Montreal and the upper parts of St. Laurence will of course be ours. The fate of Arnold’s expedition we know not as yet. We have had some disagreeable accounts of internal commotions in South Carolina.

I have never received the scrip of a pen from any mortal in Virginia since I left it, nor been able by any enquiries I could make to hear of my family. I had hoped that when Mrs. Byrd came I should have heard something of them, but she could tell me nothing about them. The suspense under which I am is too terrible to be endured. If any thing has happened, for god’s sake let me know it. My best affections to Mrs. Eppes. Adieu.

RC (J. H. Elliott, Atlanta Museum, Inc., Atlanta, Ga., 1946). Unsigned. Addressed: “To Mr. Francis Eppes at the Forest Charles-city.”

Mrs. Byrd was the former Mary Willing of Philadelphia; she was the second wife of William Byrd, iii, of Westover (VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893- description ends , xxxviii [1930], 53).

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