Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Turner Southall, 16 February 1781

From Turner Southall

Richmond, 16 Feb. 1781. Part of the militia of this county being called on to march, the case of Thomas Smith came before the courtmartial, which determined that it did not have a power, consistent with the law, “to Exempt him from his Tour.” Smith was advised, however, to apply to TJ, since both he and his clerk are “employed in the Settlement of the Public Accounts,” and it appears that his presence is “much wanted in that business.” Southall remembers a bill introduced in last Assembly that exempted Smith, but, though it passed in the House, it never came back from the Senate.

RC (Vi); 2 p.; addressed and endorsed.

Thomas Smith was appointed “Agent for Trade” on 3 Dec. 1777; and on 3 Aug. 1781 “An exemption from Military Duty was granted to Mr. Thomas Smith to the end that he may employ himself in settling the public accounts against the United States” (Va. Council Jour. description begins Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 40, 245, 370).

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