Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Muter, 8 March 1781

From George Muter

[Richmond] 8 Mch. 1781. Has a letter from Col. Dabney informing him that Dabney’s commission is dated 11 June 1777. The man who contracted smallpox is dead, and Mr. Rose thinks the negro who cared for him must be furnished with clothing “that his own may be destroyed”; encloses order for clothing for TJ’s approval. Capt. Irish “proposes throwing a shell about 4 or 5 o’clock this afternoon to prove the mortar bed he has made.” Encloses an order to the person in charge of state arms to deliver them to Capt. Brown and another to the commissary at Petersburg to furnish provisions to the persons engaged by Brown.

RC (Vi); 2 p.; addressed and endorsed. Enclosures (missing): (1) Order for clothing, noted in the War Office Journal (Vi): “Ordered, that the Commissary of Stores, deliver to Mr. William Rose, or to his order, a Jacket with sleeves, a pair of Breeches, a Shirt, and a pair of Stockings, to furnish a negro employed in taking care of a Soldier who had the Smallpox”; (2) order for delivery of arms, noted in the Journal: “Order to Mr. George Elliott, or the person having the State Arms, &c. in his possession at Petersburg, to deliver them to Capt. Browne, or to his order”; (3) order for provisions, noted in the Journal: “Order to the Commissary General to issue provisions to Capt. Browne’s order, as Commissary of Military Stores, for the people he has hired to work for the State, near Petersburg”; (4) order, noted in the Journal: “An order to Mr. Anderson to deliver nail Rod to make 2000 10d. and some smaller nails, for the use of the western army under General Clarke’s command.”

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