Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Evan Shelby, Jr., 24 January 1780

To Evan Shelby, Jr.

Wmsburg Jany. 24. 1780


Before the receipt of your Letter, the assembly having empowered us to raise one troop of horse for the Illinois, we had commissioned Captain Rogers for that purpose who raised his men and proceeded some time in the fall to join Colo. Clarke, who was not informed of any of these measures at the date of his Letter to you. We have therefore no authority to direct the raising any more. After thanking you for your readiness to serve the public, I subscribe myself Sir Your hble Servant,

Th: Jefferson

RC (WHi); in a clerk’s hand, signed by TJ. Endorsed: “His Excellency the Governr. to Capt. Shelby, Jany. 24 1780.” Bears also a notation on cover: “This is the governers Letter to Me Wen I applied as you Desierd Me,” indicating that the letter was sent on to G. R. Clark, who probably added the further endorsement: “Captn. Shelby Dated Holston.”

Neither Shelby’s Letter to TJ nor Clark’s Letter to Shelby has been located; see, however, TJ to Clark, 29 Jan. 1780.

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