Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John O’Bannon, 12 April 1781

From John O’Bannon

Williamsburg, 12 Apr. 1781. Encloses a recommendation from the officers of the Fauquier militia for the appointment of O’Bannon as major. Maj. Aylett Buckner, who commanded this battalion on its march from Fauquier, has been obliged to give up the command on account of poor health. Desires a commission by the bearer.

RC (Vi); 5 p., including enclosure; addressed (in part): “favor of Mr. Jno James”; endorsed. Enclosure (filed with the letter in Vi): Certificate, dated Williamsburg, 12 Apr. 1781 and signed by Captain John T. Chunn and ten other officers of the Fauquier militia in service, stating that “John Obannon Gentleman is the Oldest Commission’d Captain in the said County,” that Maj. Buckner has returned home, and that O’Bannon is well qualified to succeed to the command. The enclosure is endorsed in part: “April 14th 1781,” presumably the date of receipt.

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