Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Hay, with Jefferson’s Instructions, 1 April 1780

From John Hay, with Jefferson’s Instructions

Richmond, 1 Apr. 1780. In consequence of executive’s request in reply to Hay’s previous application to borrow 500 lbs. of powder from the state, John Fisher has been sent to Williamsburg for a final answer. The powder is wanted for an “armed vessel now lying at four Mile Creek” she will sail in about eight days. Powder will be replaced in a reasonable time. Signed by John Hay. Countersigned: “In Council Wmsburg Apl. 1780. Deliver to Mr. John Fisher for use of Mr. Jno. Hay 500lb powder, taking his Note for the repaiment thereof. Th: Jefferson.”

RC (Vi). Addressed: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Esqr. Williamsburg. favd. by Mr. Fisher.” Instructions, in a clerk’s hand and signed by TJ, written below the letter; addressed by the clerk: “To Captn. Maupin.” This address has been crossed out and corrected by TJ: “To the Keeper of the magazine (at Richmond).” Printed in Official Letters description begins Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 116.

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