Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Gibson?, 11 June 1780

To George Gibson?

Richmond June 11. 1780


Understanding from Mr. Dixon that yours and Col. Brent’s men will be clothed in two or three days, so that there will be no necessity for their being delayed when they come up, and Chesterfield Court-house being out of their way, I am to desire that they be carried to Petersburg, by which they will be enabled [to] join the Corps now marching or about to march to the Southward. I shall be very glad of your assistance and Col. Brent’s in modelling them on the Continental plan which the board of War require before you will be received. I am Sir Your most obt. Servt.,

Thos Jefferson

Tr (Francis Richard, Erie, Penna., 1946). Addressee not indicated, but the owner has always understood that the letter was addressed to George Gibson (col., 1st Va. state regiment), and Gib. son’s regiment was acting at this time in conjunction with Col. William Brent’s 2d Va. Continental regiment, also mentioned in the letter; the forces under the command of both officers were about to be sent south (see Council Orders of 13–24 June, below; also Va. Council Jour., ii a, 261).

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