Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Steuben, 16 January 1781

From Steuben

Cabbin point 16 Jany 1781


From every intelligence it appears evident that the Enemy mean to take post in the lower Counties. The last I heard of them was that they were marching their whole force towards smithfield. In consequence of this I have ordered Genls. Muhlenburg and Weedon to march with what Militia they may have together to Williamsburg from whence I shall be able to order them as circumstances may require.

It now becomes of the utmost consequence to open a Communication with the other side of the River from some place near this. I have orderd Genl. Nelson and Colo. Carrington to do all they can to procure Boats and I must request your Excellency to give orders that all the boats that can be got may be sent down to Hoods.

The Enemy Landed at Mr. Hardey’s near Lyon Creek.

I am &c.

FC (NHi).

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