Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Muter, 26 February 1781

From George Muter

War Office [Richmond], 26 Feb. 1781. “In the regulation for issuing liquor, the waggoners are not mentioned; and I am informed liquor is issued to them in wet weather and on other occasions at the discretion of the quarter master general.” The sutler has refused to issue them liquor, and they have refused to act, “from which great inconvenience at present arises.” Encloses an order to be sent to the sutler if the executive approves it.

RC (Vi); 1 p.; addressed and endorsed. Enclosure (missing): George Muter to “The Suttler or Commissary for the State,” War Office, 26 Feb. 1781, (FC in Vi: War Office Letter Book), directing him to “issue the usual allowances of spirits to the waggoners in the State service in wet weather, or when they are obliged to do duty in an uncommonly fatiguing manner, on the order of the Assistant, or Deputy Quarter Master General, whenever they Judge it necessary”; countersigned by TJ.

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