Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Page, [1 February 1781]

From John Page

[1 February 1781]

Dear Sir

As I think it of Consequence that the Gentleman recommended should as speedily as possible receive his Commission, I have inclosed it by the first Conveyance I could procure. I think it proper to add that he served as a Captain in the Continental Army with Credit, and is esteemed as an excellent Officer, and was recommended by a full Court amongst whom was every field officer. I have not time to add more than that I am yrs. sincerely,

John Page

RC (Vi); addressed and endorsed; without place or date, but undoubtedly written from Gloucester co., and the enclosure (certificate of the Gloucester county court’s recommendation of “James Baytop Gent. as a proper person for Lieutenant Colonel,” signed “C: Pryor D.C.C.”) is dated 1 Feb. 1781.

Baytop was appointed; his military record is in Gwathmey, Hist. Reg. of Virginians in the Revolution.

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