Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Richard Claiborne, 17 February 1781

From Richard Claiborne

17th. Feby. 1781


Lieutenant Lambert is the Commanding Officer of a party of Men to impress the Boats on James River. It is necessary that his Men should be armed. I have referred him to your Excellency for orders in this matter, as my Commission does not authorize me to direct in any such thing. I have the instructions agreeable to your Excellencys Warrant ready.

I have the honor to be Yr. Excellency’s Obt. hble Servt,

Rd. Claiborne D Q Mr. S. V.

RC (Vi); addressed and endorsed. your excellencys warrant: TJ to Claiborne, 16 Feb.; see also Claiborne’s earlier note to TJ of this day.

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