Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Daniel Fisher, 24 April 1781

To Daniel Fisher

Richmond April 24th. 1781


Your Letter was handed me at a Time when I was much engaged in preparing to render a visit then expected from the Enemy as little prejudicial as possible. The Act of Assembly having not exempted the Commissaries from Militia Duty, we do not chuse to give them a formal Exemption. Yet their Exertions are so essential for subsisting the Army when assembled that it is impossible for them to be better employed and we should certainly consider a commanding Officer as in the right who should view their Services as of an actual military nature. Indeed the Staff is as much a part of an Army as the Line and they seem to be in constant performance of a Tour.

I inclose you a Letter of March 30th, an extract from another and a dozen blank Commissions. I am &c,

T. J.

FC (Vi); at head of text: “Colo. Fisher.” Enclosures not found; one of them must have been a copy of TJ’s circular to the county lieutenants dated 30 Mch. 1781.

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