Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4

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Author: Thomas Jefferson

To His Excellency General Washington.

RICHMOND, October 25, 1780.

SIR, I take the liberty of enclosing to you letters from Governor Hamilton, for New York. On some representations received by Colonel Towles, that an indulgence to Governor Hamilton and his companions to go to New York, on parole, would produce the happiest effect on the situation of our officers in Long Island, we have given him, Major Hay, and some of the same party at Winchester, leave to go there on parole. The two former go by water, the latter by land.

By this express I hand on, from General Gates to Congress, intelligence of the capture of Augusta, in Georgia, with considerable quantities of goods; and information, which carries a fair appearance, of the taking of Georgetown, in South Carolina, by a party of ours, and that an army of six thousand French and Spaniards had landed at Sunbury. This is the more credible, as Cornwallis retreated from Charlotte on the 12th instant, with great marks of precipitation. Since my last to you, informing you of an enemy’s fleet, they have landed eight hundred men in the neighborhood of Portsmouth, and some more on the bay side of Princess Anne. One thousand infantry landed at New-ports-news, on the morning of the 23d, and immediately took possession of Hampton. The horse were proceeding up the road. Such a corps as Major Lee’s would be of infinite service to us. Next to a naval force, horse seems to be most capable of protecting a country so intersected by waters.

I am, with the most sincere esteem, your Excellency’s most obedient and most humble servant.

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Chicago: Thomas Jefferson, "To His Excellency General Washington.," Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4 in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 4 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.122-123 Original Sources, accessed April 24, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CYLM9YX39P8ZQB7.

MLA: Jefferson, Thomas. "To His Excellency General Washington." Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4, in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 4 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.122-123, Original Sources. 24 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CYLM9YX39P8ZQB7.

Harvard: Jefferson, T, 'To His Excellency General Washington.' in Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4. cited in , Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 4 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.122-123. Original Sources, retrieved 24 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CYLM9YX39P8ZQB7.