Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Charles Dick, 18 April 1781

To Charles Dick

Richmond Apr. 18. 1781.

Dr. Sir

Your letter desiring a warrant for £100,000 was handed in to the Council chamber and the warrant made out immediately, but the gentleman never called for it. It remains in my possession ready to be delivered to your order.

I am with great respect Dr. Sir Your most obedt. servt,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Vi: Contingent Fund Vouchers); addressed by TJ: “Mr. Charles Dick Fredsburg” and endorsed in the Auditor’s office: “Chas. Dick £100,000. June 22nd. 1781. On Account.” On 9 Apr. 1781 the Council authorized this warrant to be issued; the endorsement and the presence of the letter among the Contingent Fund Vouchers suggest that Dick did not obtain the warrant from TJ before the latter left office. On 23 June, the day after this letter was endorsed as received in the Auditor’s office, the Council again authorized a warrant to Dick in the same amount, perhaps to replace the missing warrant (Va. Council Jour. description begins Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 330, 351).

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