Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to the Governor of Virginia, 22 July 1786

To the Governor of Virginia

Paris July 22. 1786


An opportunity offering at a moment’s warning only to London, I have only time to inform your Excellency that we have shipped from Bourdeaux fifteen hundred stand of arms for the state of Virginia of which I now inclose the bill of lading. A somewhat larger number of cartouch boxes have been prepared here, are now packing, and will go to Havre immediately to be shipped thence. As soon as these are forwarded I will do myself the honour of sending you a state of the expenditures for these and other objects. The residue of the arms and accoutrements are in a good course of preparation. I have the honour to be with sentiments of the highest respect Your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Vi); endorsed, in part: “Enclosing Bill of Lading for Arms for Va. &c.”; at foot of text: “Govr of Virginia.” PrC (DLC). For the enclosed bill of lading, see Bondfield to TJ, 15 July 1786.

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