Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from the Board of War, 21 March 1780

From the Board of War

Williamsburg, 21 Mch. 1780. Agreement with Mr. Moody for himself and others for compensation for labor in the service of the state for five years. Signed by Innes and Barron. Countersigned: “Mar 23. 1780. The Executive agree to the Articles of contract proposed by the Board of War with Mr. Moody restraining the determination of the term to five years or the end of the war if it shall sooner happen; instead of board to himself and men, allowing him three rations and one forage, and his men one a piece; and explaining the price of goods taken by him from the public Store to be the Average price which they shall have cost the public. Signed, Th Jefferson.”

FC (Vi), 2 p.; Tr in Board of War Letter Book (MiU-C), dated 20 Mch., 2 p. Printed in Official Letters description begins Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, vi-vii. A transcript of an identical agreement with James Anderson, public armorer (See Va. Council Jour. description begins Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 459), 20 Mch., with the same authorization by TJ, is in Board of War Letter Book (MiU-C), 2 p.

Mr. Moody: He had a shop in Williamsburg that was burned by the British in Jan. 1781 (CVSP description begins Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond description ends , i, 496); he is often mentioned as a supplier of military equipment and wagons, and may be the Philip Moody who accounted for “public negroes” in Dec. 1781 (same, ii, 641).

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