Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Nelson, Jr., 15 February 1781

From Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Wmsburg Feby 15 1781 3 o clock Morning

Dear Sir

I have this moment receiv’d a Letter from Colo. Dabney Commandant of the Posts below, a Copy of which I have the pleasure to send you. Nothing could have happened more fortunately for us. The utmost expedition is necessary to enable us to cooperate with this Fleet. Should they be disappointed in their expectation, it will dis[coura]ge them from affording us future assistance. I propose to go down to Hampton. I am Dear Sir Your Obedt Servt,

Thos Nelson Jr.

RC (DLC: Stauffer-Morgan Collection); addressed: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson Governor of Virginia. Express”; endorsed. The enclosed letter from Charles Dabney to Nelson, 14 Feb. 1781, announced the arrival of the French fleet under De Tilly (see note, Nelson to TJ, 18 Feb. 1781).

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