Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Wood, [25 July 1780]

To James Wood

[Richmond, 25 July 1780]

The multiplicity of business which happened to be on us when your express came has occasioned his being delayed‥‥ I enclose you letters to the commissioners of the circumjacent counties extending their powers to live cattle. It has been always necessary for the State and continent to lend interchangeably such articles as the one has and the other wants‥‥ You can readily conceive that in this friendly intercourse it must have happened much more frequently that the State could lend to the Continent than the reverse. If you think proper to order as much leather to Col. Crockett as will make his pouches and lapposus1 his order on our quartermaster here for special prepayment shall be complied with.

MS not located. Text (extracts only) from American Art Association sale catalogue, 30 Nov. 1927 (Henry Goldsmith Sale), lot 7; a 1-page A.L.S. Enclosure not further identified. Addressee identified only from the fact that the letter was part of a collection of letters to James Wood dispersed at this sale.

Your express: This letter not located.

1Thus in printed text, obviously a misreading of the MS. It is possible that the word in the original was “leggings” (or “leggins”); it may even have been “moccasins.”

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