Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Rogers Clark, 10 June 1781

From George Rogers Clark

Yohogania Court House, 10 June 1781. Capt. Bentley of Illinois has presented a number of bills which Clark has countersigned; Bentley has presented other bills drawn by Col. Montgomery which cannot be properly credited without further investigation. Mr. Charles Gratiot has also sent bills to the executive, some of which are known to be just, as that “Gentleman as well as Capt. Bently have taken great Pains to subsist our troops.” Capt. Bentley wishes to undertake supplying Fort Jefferson for a garrison of 100 men; “I don’t know any person more likely to accomplish such a task.”

RC (Vi); 2 p.; endorsed.

This letter was acknowledged by Gov. Nelson in a (missing) letter of 26 June 1781 in which he directed Clark to “consider Detroit not as the principal object of his expedition, but to employ his forces in the first instance in chastising the hostile Indians”; on the same day the Council authorized a warrant to be issued “to Thomas Bently in part paiment of certain bills” (Va. Council Jour., ii, 353).

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