To the County Lieutenants of Charles City and Certain Other Counties
Richmond May 7th. 1781
I am to desire you to send immediately 1 of your Militia to join the Army under the Marquis Fayette and to continue in Service two Months from the Time of their joining him. Lest the full quota [&c. as in the Letter of May 5th.]2 I am &c.,
FC (Vi); at head of text: “County Lieutenants of Charles City, King & Queen, Essex, Hanover, King William.”
1. The number of militia to be called from each county is not given in FC. On 7 May the Council advised the Governor “to call in from the County of Charles City 71 men, from the County of King and Queen 125 men, from the County of Essex 117 men, from the County of King William 109 men, and from the County of Hanover 200 men to join the army under the command of the Marquis Fayette to remain two months in service; and as Cavalry is much wanted one tenth of the men from each county are allowed to equip themselves as horsemen” (Va. Council Jour. description begins Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia, ed. H. R. McIlwaine description ends , ii, 343).
2. Brackets supplied; see TJ to the county lieutenants of Henrico and certain other counties, 5 May 1781.