Thomas Jefferson Papers

Board of War to Board of Trade, 21 March 1780

Board of War to Board of Trade

Williamsburg, 21 Mch. 1780. Mr. North has arrived with a valuable cargo. Order to purchase “all that part of the cargo that will be serviceable to the Troops”; also recommendation of purchase from Abraham Jones of 31 hats, 30 firkins of butter for the navy, “also a thousand weight of Rice.” Countersigned: “Mar. 21st. 1780. Approved except as to the butter, which is supposed not to be included in the ration. Th: Jefferson.”

Tr in Board of War Letter Book (MiU-C), 1 p.; another Tr in Board of Trade Journal (Vi); printed in Official Letters description begins Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 109.

The Board of Trade had already learned of North’s cargo and had in fact, on the preceding day, ordered “that the Agent be directed to treat with Mr. North for such part of the Cargoe as may suit the State” (Board of Trade Journal, 20 Mch.).

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