Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Steuben, 7 February 1781

To Steuben

Richmond Febry. 7th. 1781.


The inclosed Letter contains the first notification the Executive have received of the existence of any such cases as that of Lieut. Warm[an] therin stated. Exclusive of the justice of his claim, the express reserva[tion] by the board of Officers of the rights of all those in his situation, seems to place him on the footing on which he would have been, had his Commission been actually made out instead of that of whatever officer was substituted in his place. As you are proceeding to a new Arrangement of our Line, I have taken the liberty of referring Lieut. Warman with the inclosed Letter to you to claim his rank. Should there be, contrary to the expectations of the Executive, such reasons against his claim and in favor of his Competitor, as in your Judgement should decide this point against Lieut. Warman, I shall be obliged to you for a communication of them; and in the mean time to keep the question open.

I have the Honor to be with very great Esteem & respect, Yr. Mst. Ot. Hbl. St.,


FC (Vi). Enclosure not found.

Lieut. Warman: Thomas Warman, captured at Germantown, Oct. 1777, and exchanged in Dec. 1780; he is listed as a captain in 3d Va. Line, Nov. 1778, by Gwathmey, Hist. Reg. of Virginians in the Revolution; and he furnished a circumstantial account of his record and losses in two letters to Gov. Thomas Nelson, 9 and 14 Aug. 1781 (CVSP description begins Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond description ends , ii, 306, 327).

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