Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Bernardo de Gálvez, 29 January 1780

To Bernardo de Gálvez

Williamsburg January 29th. 1780.


I had the Honor of writing to your Excellency the last Month expressing hopes that by the return of Colo. Rogers we should receive information on the Subject of a Loan of Money formerly sollicited through the intervention of your Excellency by my Predecessor Governor Henry. Colo. Rogers however was unhappily surprised and killed on his return by the Indians together with about 20 others of his escort and with them we lost a valuable Cargo of Goods formerly carried for us from New Orleans to St. Lewis and then going under his care up the Ohio. I thought it necessary to Notify this unfortunate event to your Excellency, that if you should have sent by him any dispatches for this Government you might be apprised of their fate and repair the Loss by taking the trouble of transmitting duplicates. I have the Honor to be with every Sentiment of Esteem and respect Your Excellency’s most Obedt. & most humble Servant

Th: Jefferson

RC (PWacD: Feinstone Collection, on deposit PPAmP); in a clerk’s hand, signed by TJ; addressee supplied from internal evidence (see below).

The letter TJ wrote last month to Gálvez, the governor of Louisiana, appears to have been that of 8 Nov. 1779. For the 14 Jan. 1778 request for a loan of 150,000 pistoles “more or less” by Governor Henry, see H. R. Mcllwaine, ed. Official Letters of the Governors of the State of Virginia, 3 vols. (Richmond, 1926–29), i, 227–9.

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