Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Board of Trade, 21 March 1780

To the Board of Trade

March 21. 1780.

The Council having explicitly guarded against admitting purchases from the Public Store by Mr. Armistead and Mr. Day but “on the current purchase advance” in their original Agreement, and these Gentlemen being secured against Depreciation by receiving their Stipend in Tobacco at a fixed rate it is thought that no alteration should be made in the Original terms.

Th: Jefferson

Tr in Board of Trade Journal (Vi).

The letter to which this is a reply has not been located. A minute preceding the letter in the Journal states: “The following was handed from the Executive in Answer to the Agent and Commissary’s Letter.” William Armistead was commissary of stores (Va. Council Jour. description begins Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 40), and Benjamin DAY was state agent (same, p. 260; Hening, description begins William W. Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia description ends xii, 420). On the subject of the present letter, see TJ to Board of Trade, 4 Sep. 1779.

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