From Henry Skipwith
Cumberland County, 16 Apr. 1781. Skipwith’s neighbor, John Chapman of Amelia co., proposes to undertake the business of repairing public arms. Skipwith can recommend him “as an honest independent Freeholder” and “an uncommon mechanical genius, fully equal to the task of either repairing or making Guns”; he will, moreover, perform his duties with strict fidelity.
RC (Vi); 2 p.; addressed in part: “by Mr. John Chapman”; endorsed. At foot of text in TJ’s hand: “Referred to Colo. Davies. Th: Jefferson.”