Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Walker, 30 May 1781

From John Walker

Belvoir 30th. May 1781

Dear Sir

When I had the pleasure of seeing you yesterday, I forgot to inquire in what manner the horses to be impressed for public service, were to be equiped with Saddles, Bridles, Harness &c. Unless some mode is pointed out by which this may be effected, the horses will be useless.

Have you heard any material News from below? If you have and are not too much engaged pray communicate it. I propose to set out for Camp as soon as my horses are fit to take the road which will I hope be in about two days. I am My Dear Sir Your most obedt. Servt.,

Jn. Walker

RC (Vi); addressed and endorsed.

Walker apparently had left Steuben’s staff as liaison officer sometime in April, but he may have joined Lafayette’s staff in a similar capacity (Walker to Steuben, 17 Apr. 1781, NHi). At any rate he wrote Steuben from Belvoir: “I hoped to have had the pleasure of seeing you on James River, but am desired by the Governor to return to the Marquis’s camp for certain purposes, and tomorrow I am to set off” (same to same, 31 May 1781, NHi).

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