Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from the Board of Trade, 16 February 1780

From the Board of Trade

[Williamsburg] 16 Feb. 1780. Requesting approval of purchase, from Henry Brown, of “10 hhds of Rum at £25. ⅌ Gall. in exchange for Cordage at 40/. ⅌ lb.—the price … is extravagant, but … Troops cannot be marched on to the Southward without this Article‥‥”

Tr in Board of Trade Journal (Vi); 1 p.; printed in Official Letters description begins Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 101–2.

TJ’s reply has not been located, but this minute follows in the Journal: “Which being approved by the Executive, Ordered that the Agent be directed to purchase the same.”

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