Thomas Jefferson Papers

Henry Young to William Davies, 13 May 1781

Henry Young to William Davies

Richmond, 13 May 1781. Disapproves of continuing the work at Point of Fork; suggests Staunton as a more secure location. “I wish you cou’d be every where, the Governor does not stay here, your presence is much wanted. … The Governor is the best man in the world and, if I mistake not, open to conviction. Were you to use your influence with him I think he might be prevailed on to give up this Point of Fork that will one day damn the exertions of the State.”

RC (Vi); 6 p.; addressed and endorsed; printed in CVSP description begins Calendar of Virginia State Papers … Preserved in the Capitol at Richmond description ends , ii, 94–5.

The governor does not stay here: TJ’s Account Book for 1781 shows that he paid ferriage and expenses at Goochland Courthouse on 13 May and “gave Zach. at Tuckahoe £4–10s” on 14 May. He was in Richmond on the 14th expecting to go to Monticello that evening, but delayed going in order to visit Lafayette’s headquarters on the 15th; see TJ to Lafayette, 14 May.

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