Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John? Overton, 22 March 1781

From John? Overton

Halfway House, 22 Mch. 1781. Accepts offer made in TJ’s letter and thanks Council for the appointment; his term of enlistment in Maj. Callis’ corps will expire in a few days, when he will “attend at as early a period as possible.”

RC (Vi); 2 p.; signed: “J. Overton, Jr.”; addressed and endorsed.

There is no record of a letter from TJ to Overton or of the appointment referred to. Heitman lists a John Overton who was transferred to the 1st Va. regiment 12 Feb. 1781 and there was a John Overton who was adjutant of the Hampton and York troops in 1776 (Va. Council Jour. description begins Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 472). Halfway house was in Hampton co., between Hampton and York (see Dabney to TJ, 23 Mch.).

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