Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from the Board of Trade, 3 March 1780

From the Board of Trade

[Williamsburg] 3 Mch. 1780. Submits for approval a requisition from the Board of War for clothing for 60 volunteers of the S.G.R. for the expedition to Carolina; 132 non-commissioned officers and privates, viz.: 126 hats, 50 uniform coats, 50 vests, 219 shirts, 219 pairs of shoes, 264 overalls, 132 stocks, 132 knee garters.

Tr in Board of Trade Journal (Vi); 1 p.

It appears from TJ’s Account Book that he was absent from Williamsburg from 20 Feb. to 14 Mch. 1780. On 4 Mch. Lt. Gov. John Page replied to the present letter as follows: “The Board of Council wish to leave the Board of Trade to the free Exercise of their own Judgment, of their Office, and think them the proper Judges of the Prices of the articles to be purchased by their Agent” (Tr in Board of Trade Journal). S.G.R.: State garrison regiment; see Board of War to Charles Porterfield, 29 Mch. 1780, below.

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