Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Maxwell, 7 December 1780

From James Maxwell

Navy Office Decr: 7th: 1780


I am to inform Your Excellency that the Lieutenant of the Jefferson thinks it will take Fourteen thousand pounds to pay her up to the present time. And there is also due the Workmen of the Ship Yard on the last of October (by Warrants on the Treasury) for Eighteen thousand six hundred and Seventy nine pounds fourteen Shillings and six pence. I am with great Respect Sir Your Excellencyes Most Obdt Servt,

Jas: Maxwell

£ s d
Brig Jefferson 14000 0 0
Ship Yard the last day of Octr. 18679 14 10
£32679 14 10 Currt: Money
544 13 01 Hard Money
Clothing wanted:
26 Men 52 Shirts
26 Jackets
26 Breeches
26 ⅌ Stockings
55 Men being all the Sailors 55 ⅌ Shoes
55 ⅌ Hats or Caps

RC (Vi); addressed and endorsed. There is a minute concerning this letter in the Journal of the Commissioner of the Navy (Vi), under this date, with the following notation: “vid. Let: Book. pag. 24.” This letter book, to which reference is made throughout the Journal, is not known to be extant.

A minute in the Journal of the Commissioner under 8 Dec. orders the commissary of stores to deliver to the lieutenant of the Jefferson the clothing requested, but only 29 pairs of shoes and no hats or caps are included in the list. The order was signed by Maxwell and “Countersigned by the Governor.” See also James Maxwell to TJ, and TJ to James Maxwell, both 11 Dec., below.

1This figure is in part illegible, and the reading may not be correct.

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