From George Muter
War Office [Richmond], 20 Dec. 1780. A letter from Mr. Avery to TJ, concerning Golden Ward, was handed to Muter yesterday. Muter has no further evidence on Ward’s case than “the depositions enclosed from >Mr. Avery in his former letter.” Avery, Capt. Maxwell, and Muter are all of opinion that it will be best to discharge Ward and allow him to return to the Eastern Shore, “provided he immediately takes the oath of Allegiance to the State.” Countersigned: “In Council Dec. 20. 1780. Approved. Th: Jefferson.”
RC (Vi); 2 p.; addressed; endorsed in an unidentified hand: “Letter to the Govr. respecting a Mr. Ward who was sent to me to be Examined. Decr. 20th. 1780.”
Mr. Avery: Isaac Avery, lieutenant of Northampton co. on the Eastern Shore; see his letter to TJ of 16 Mch. 1781. Golden ward: The form of his first name is not certain from Muter’s handwriting, and nothing further is known of his case.