From William Phillips
Blenheim Sunday Evening April 11th. 1779
Major General Phillips sends his Compliments to Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson, requests the favour of their company at dinner on Thursday next at Two o’clock to meet General and Madame de Reidesel. Major General Phillips hopes Miss Jefferson will be permitted to be of the party to meet the young Ladies from Collè.
Maj. Gen. William Phillips was the ranking officer of the Convention Army; while in Albemarle co. he lived at Edward Carter’s house, Blenheim, which still stands (DNB description begins Dictionary of National Biography description ends ; Rawlings, Ante-Bellum Charlottesville, p. 9). The reidesel family (Maj. Gen. Friederich Adolph, Baron von Riedesel, commander of the Brunswick troops in British service, the Baroness Frederika von Riedesel, and their three young daughters) were established at Colle, Philip Mazzei’s house and farm near Monticello, where they lived upon an ample scale; see Riedesel’s Memoirs, Letters and Journals …, transl. W. L. Stone, Albany, 1868, ii, 66ff.; and Mme. Riedesel’s Letters and Journals, ed. W. L. Stone, Albany, 1867, p. 143ff. Miss Jefferson: Martha, TJ’s eldest child, born 1772.