Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Lee Turberville, 13 February 1781

To George Lee Turberville

Richmd. Febry. 13th. 1781


Your information that I had ordered furloughs to the Guard which brought up prisoners was without foundation as I never have in a single instance given or ordered a furlough. I consider it as my duty to furnish the number of men required by the Commanding Officer, to provide them as far as our circumstances enable us, and to leave to him and those acting under him the direction of them: this prevents me from taking any steps on the other parts of your letter relating to the post at Dancing Point, horsemen &c. The deserters of the Militia are punishable by being sentenced by a Court Martial to six months service as regulars. The Continental rules of War are unfortunately not in force with the Militia while serving in their own State. I am with respect &c,


FC (Vi).

Your information: See Turberville to TJ, 12 Feb. 1781. I never have … ordered a furlough: But see TJ to Muter of this date (first letter), in which TJ promised to grant Muter’s clerk a furlough when the clerk received marching orders.

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