Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Barron, September 1780

To James Barron

In Council Sepr. 1780.


As large quantities of provision are of necessity drawn from the western part of this state for the support of the army, and it is just that this burthen shou’d be borne equally by all, we think it necessary to extend the provision law to the islands within this state, lying between the middle of Chesapeake bay and the eastern shore, and hereby appoint you commissioner of the said law within those islands. We inclose you for your government a copy of the provision law and an extract from another act made in aid thereof. The provision you shall collect there more than sufficient for the use of our cruizers vessels you will deliver to the commissary for the time state[d?]. You are to transmit me from time to time returns of the quantities you take and lists of all certificates or receipts given by you specifying the name of the owner the price to be paid and date of the certificate.

I am sir, Your most obedient servant,

Th: Jefferson

FC (Vi, photostat from Brit. Mus.: Add. MSS 38,650). Enclosures: presumably copies of the Act for procuring a supply of provisions for the use of the army (Hening, description begins William W. Hening, The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia description ends x, 233–7) and of that part of the Act empowering the Governor and Council to seize livestock, &c. (same, p. 312).

Probably written before 13 Sep. 1780, the date of the last letter in the Governor’s Letter Book in the British Museum.

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