Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Muter, 20 March 1781

From George Muter

War office March 20. 1781.


One Willis Hargrave a prisoner is at present in this town on parole from the prison ship, and I have the honour of enclosing a small memorandum to your Excellency respecting him.

Mr. Rollings (of this town) informs me that Hargrave was taken off from his house in Nansemond County during Sir George Collier’s invasion, and that he learnt from some prisoners that had belonged to a vessel of Goodrich’s he saw at this place, that Harrgrave had been sent in a vessel of Goodrich’s, with an intention to be sett ashore at the Cape, that he might return to his family, but that that was neglected, and the vessel he was in taken. He says that Hargrave’s principles by some people have been suspected; but at the beginning of the war he understood that he behaved as a warm friend to the cause of America.

I have the honour to be Your Excellency’s Most hl servant,

George Muter. C.

RC (Vi); addressed and endorsed. Enclosure (Vi): Statement of Robert Rollings and Thomas Granbery that they will be security for Willis Hargraves if he is allowed to return on parole to his family in Nansemond co.

The invasion under Sir George Collier took place in May 1779; Official Letters description begins Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 14, note.

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