Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Hawkins, 30 December 1780

From Joseph Hawkins

Barracks [Charlottesville] 30 Dec. 1780. Has learned from TJ’s letter to Col. [Francis] Taylor that Mr. Clark [Jonathan Clarke], commissary to the Convention troops, has made a charge for 158,118℔. of meal because it was unsifted. Hawkins urges that this demand be disallowed since “their Quartermaster attended to the Issuing and no complaint ever made.” Most of the meal was in fact sifted, “and that that was not ground very fine our Guard received it and I never heard the least murmer among them.”

RC (Vi); 2 p.; addressed: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Favd. by Mr. Martin”; endorsed: “Hawkins to Govr. Dec. 30 80.” Enclosed in Francis Taylor’s letter to TJ, same date, q.v.

TJ’s letter to Taylor, here mentioned, has not been found. See, further, Francis Taylor to TJ, this date; Jonathan Clarke to TJ, 8 Jan. and 6 Feb.; TJ to Clarke, 7 Feb. 1781.

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