Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to ——, 13 April 1781

To ——

In Council Apr. 13. 1781.


The Council having determined that Colo. Elligood should be permitted to go into the enemy’s line[s] or to any other part of the Continent in possession of the enemy, I am to ask the favour of you to furnish him with a parole. Colo. Curle will take charge of the parole and find a means of conveying it after signed to you.1 I am with great respect Sir Your most obedt. servt.,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Carpenters’ Hall, Philadelphia); address lacking. It is likely, but not certain, that this letter was addressed to William Davies, since Davies wrote TJ on this date about the form of parole required by the British, q.v. Also Col. Curie was in Richmond about this time (see Prentis to TJ, 8 Apr. 1781). See Downie and Thompson to TJ, 4 May 1781 and note there.

1The awkwardly expressed meaning of this final clause becomes clearer when it is realized that the words “after signed” were interlined by TJ after the sentence was completed.

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