Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 3

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Author: Thomas Jefferson

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From Governor Jefferson.

Richmond, 22 October, 1780.

SIR,

I have this morning received certain information of the arrival of a hostile fleet, of about sixty sail, in our Bay. The debarkation of some light-horse, in the neighbourhood of Portsmouth, seems to indicate that as the first scene of their action. We are endeavouring to collect as large a body to oppose them as we can arm. This will be lamentably inadequate, if the enemy be in any force. It is mortifying to suppose it possible that a people, able and zealous to contend with the enemy, should be reduced to fold their arms for want of the means of defence; yet no resources, that we know of, ensure us against this event.

It has become necessary to divert, to this new object, a considerable part of the aids we had destined for General Gates. We are still, however, sensible of the necessity of supporting him, and have left that part of our country, most convenient to him, uncalled on at present, that they may reënforce him as soon as arms can be received. We have called to the command of our forces Generals Weedon and Muhlenberg, of the line, and Nelson and Stephens of the militia. You will be pleased to make to these such additions as you think necessary. As to aids of men, I ask for none, knowing that if the late detachments of the enemy should have left it safe for you to spare aids of that kind, you will not await my application. Of the troops we shall be able to collect, there is not a single man who ever saw the face of an enemy. Whether the Convention troops will be removed is not, yet determined; this must depend on the force of the enemy and the aspect of their movements. I have the honor to be,

Your Excellency’s most, obedient, humble servant,

THOMAS JEFFERSON.

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Chicago: Thomas Jefferson, "From Governor Jefferson.," Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 3 in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. Jared Sparks (Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1853), 124–125. Original Sources, accessed April 21, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKIKCSXHEL4EIFR.

MLA: Jefferson, Thomas. "From Governor Jefferson." Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 3, in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, edited by Jared Sparks, Vol. 3, Freeport, NY, Books for Libraries Press, 1853, pp. 124–125. Original Sources. 21 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKIKCSXHEL4EIFR.

Harvard: Jefferson, T, 'From Governor Jefferson.' in Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Vol. 3. cited in 1853, Correspondence of the American Revolution: Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, ed. , Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, NY, pp.124–125. Original Sources, retrieved 21 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKIKCSXHEL4EIFR.