Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Sarah McIntosh, 23 March 1781

To Sarah McIntosh

Richmond Virginia March 23d. 1781


I do myself the pleasure of communicating to you a resolution of the General Assembly of this State which was formed in Consequence of an application and Information from the Officers of the Virginia Line in Captivity in Charlestown. The Executive have ordered ten thousand Pounds of our present money to be paid into the Hands of Colo. Russel for your use.

They will be happy in being the further Instruments for administering to your relief according to the wish of the General Assembly, and the poor abilities of the State and therefore beg the favour of you to communicate to them any Circumstances of your present Situation which you may think proper to confide to them and which may be a ground work for their future Discharge of this agreable Duty. I am &c.,

T. J.

FC (Vi): at head of text: “Mrs McIntosh.”

Resolution of the general assembly: On 21 Mch. the House agreed to the following resolution, which was approved by the Senate on the same day: “Resolved that the Governor with Advice of the Council be desired to assist the Lady and family of General McIntosh in such manner as their present Circumstances and necessities require—And also to represent the same to Congress for farther relief.” The resolution was considered by the Council on 22 Mch., and on the same day TJ directed the auditors to issue a warrant to Col. Russell for £10,000 (JHD description begins Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia (cited by session and date of publication) description ends , Mch. 1781, Va. State Libr., Bull., 1928, p. 46, 48; Va. Council Jour. description begins Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 315; Contingent Fund Vouchers, Vi; see also Petition of Captured Officers of the Virginia Line in Favor of General McIntosh, 20 Sep. 1780, and references there; Sarah McIntosh to TJ, 23 Apr. 1781).

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