Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from the Board of War, with Reply by John Page, 30 July 1779

From the Board of War, with Reply by John Page

Williamsburg, 30 July 1779. Because of the multiplicity of business, one clerk cannot attend to all the duties the office requires, including keeping a journal. Appointment of a second clerk desired. Signed by James Innes, Clerk. Countersigned by Lt. Gov. John Page: “In Council July 30th. 1779. The Council approves of the reasons above given by the board of War for the appointment of a second Clerk.”

Tr in Board of War Letter Book (MiU-C); 2 p.

The Act establishing a Board of War was passed by the legislature 15 May 1779 (see Report of Committee of Revisors, 18 June 1779, Bill No. 8). James Innes, William Nelson, Robert Lawson, Samuel Griffin and James Barron were appointed by the House on 18 June to serve on that Board, and the appointments were confirmed by the Senate on 25 June (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , May 1779, 1827 edn., p. 55, 66). For the dispute between TJ and the Board of War over the appointment of a second clerk, see James Innes to Mann Page, 27 Oct. 1779, below.

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