Letter from John Walker to Thomas Jefferson

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    [John Walker to Thomas Jefferson June 6, 1781 [RvW Box 2 Folder 38; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Belvoir June 6th. 1781 Dear Sir, The marquess on the receipt of a Letter from Col.o [Colonel] Davies, informing him of the removal of the Stores from the old Ct. house towards Charlottesville, was greatly con- cerned, [and] this anxiety was increased when he comm [struck through] un- derstood that a packet from you to him, had been intercepted. Thise [sic] considerations induced him to dis- patch one immediately with Page's Troop of Light horse to use every endeavour [sic] for securing the stores. We sat [set] out from the Wilderness about 12 at night on Sunday, [and] sent on two light horsemen with orders neve[r] to halt till they reached you; we followed them, but soon after passing Orange Court house, I heard of the Ene- mies having been at Boswell's ordinary. I was Then satisfied we were too late [and] dispatched an Express to the marquess with the Intelligince [sic]. I then proceeded homewards, where I h[a]ve been bushing it ever since keeping parties out to reconoitre [sic] the three roads lead[ing] from Charlottesville downwards, all the Information I could get of their movements has been from day to day [End Page 1] transmitted by Express to the marquess. Two of our party of horse viz Cha.s Cocke [and] Jack Lyons unfortu- nnately fell into their hands yesterday as they were reconoitering the three notched road. I now send these Gentlemen to confer with you [and] to take your Instructions for Collecting the fragments of the stores, if any such remain. I should have waited on you myself, but am exceedingly fatigued. Should you be of opinion that I can render any Service in this business I shall attend your Summons. Inclosed [sic] is the Examination of a Deserter who came to me last night. I have given him a pass to you. – I rejoice to hear you have escaped the Enemy [and] hope Mrs. Jefferson has recovered from her fright: My Family has had its share. With respectfull [sic] Comp.ts [and]c[and]c I am My Dear Sir Your very hum.l Servt [humble Servant] P.S. I doubt some [struck through] one of my Letters to you, may have been intercept- Jn. [John] Walker ted, but they were [struck through] it was of no great con- sequence [End Page 2] [seal] [Addressed:] Public Service His Excellency The Governor of Virginia [Endorsed:] June 6th 1781 [End Page 3]
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    [John Walker to Thomas Jefferson June 6, 1781 [RvW Box 2 Folder 38; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Belvoir June 6th. 1781 Dear Sir, The marquess on the receipt of a Letter from Col.o [Colonel] Davies, informing him of the removal of the Stores from the old Ct. house towards Charlottesville, was greatly con- cerned, [and] this anxiety was increased when he comm [struck through] un- derstood that a packet from you to him, had been intercepted. Thise [sic] considerations induced him to dis- patch one immediately with Page's Troop of Light horse to use every endeavour [sic] for securing the stores. We sat [set] out from the Wilderness about 12 at night on Sunday, [and] sent on two light horsemen with orders neve[r] to halt till they reached you; we followed them, but soon after passing Orange Court house, I heard of the Ene- mies having been at Boswell's ordinary. I was Then satisfied we were too late [and] dispatched an Express to the marquess with the Intelligince [sic]. I then proceeded homewards, where I h[a]ve been bushing it ever since keeping parties out to reconoitre [sic] the three roads lead[ing] from Charlottesville downwards, all the Information I could get of their movements has been from day to day [End Page 1] transmitted by Express to the marquess. Two of our party of horse viz Cha.s Cocke [and] Jack Lyons unfortu- nnately fell into their hands yesterday as they were reconoitering the three notched road. I now send these Gentlemen to confer with you [and] to take your Instructions for Collecting the fragments of the stores, if any such remain. I should have waited on you myself, but am exceedingly fatigued. Should you be of opinion that I can render any Service in this business I shall attend your Summons. Inclosed [sic] is the Examination of a Deserter who came to me last night. I have given him a pass to you. – I rejoice to hear you have escaped the Enemy [and] hope Mrs. Jefferson has recovered from her fright: My Family has had its share. With respectfull [sic] Comp.ts [and]c[and]c I am My Dear Sir Your very hum.l Servt [humble Servant] P.S. I doubt some [struck through] one of my Letters to you, may have been intercept- Jn. [John] Walker ted, but they were [struck through] it was of no great con- sequence [End Page 2] [seal] [Addressed:] Public Service His Excellency The Governor of Virginia [Endorsed:] June 6th 1781 [End Page 3]
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    [John Walker to Thomas Jefferson June 6, 1781 [RvW Box 2 Folder 38; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Belvoir June 6th. 1781 Dear Sir, The marquess on the receipt of a Letter from Col.o [Colonel] Davies, informing him of the removal of the Stores from the old Ct. house towards Charlottesville, was greatly con- cerned, [and] this anxiety was increased when he comm [struck through] un- derstood that a packet from you to him, had been intercepted. Thise [sic] considerations induced him to dis- patch one immediately with Page's Troop of Light horse to use every endeavour [sic] for securing the stores. We sat [set] out from the Wilderness about 12 at night on Sunday, [and] sent on two light horsemen with orders neve[r] to halt till they reached you; we followed them, but soon after passing Orange Court house, I heard of the Ene- mies having been at Boswell's ordinary. I was Then satisfied we were too late [and] dispatched an Express to the marquess with the Intelligince [sic]. I then proceeded homewards, where I h[a]ve been bushing it ever since keeping parties out to reconoitre [sic] the three roads lead[ing] from Charlottesville downwards, all the Information I could get of their movements has been from day to day [End Page 1] transmitted by Express to the marquess. Two of our party of horse viz Cha.s Cocke [and] Jack Lyons unfortu- nnately fell into their hands yesterday as they were reconoitering the three notched road. I now send these Gentlemen to confer with you [and] to take your Instructions for Collecting the fragments of the stores, if any such remain. I should have waited on you myself, but am exceedingly fatigued. Should you be of opinion that I can render any Service in this business I shall attend your Summons. Inclosed [sic] is the Examination of a Deserter who came to me last night. I have given him a pass to you. – I rejoice to hear you have escaped the Enemy [and] hope Mrs. Jefferson has recovered from her fright: My Family has had its share. With respectfull [sic] Comp.ts [and]c[and]c I am My Dear Sir Your very hum.l Servt [humble Servant] P.S. I doubt some [struck through] one of my Letters to you, may have been intercept- Jn. [John] Walker ted, but they were [struck through] it was of no great con- sequence [End Page 2] [seal] [Addressed:] Public Service His Excellency The Governor of Virginia [Endorsed:] June 6th 1781 [End Page 3]
Title:
Letter from John Walker to Thomas Jefferson
Creator:
Walker, John, 1741-1813
Date:
1781-06-06
Description:
Letter from John Walker to Thomas Jefferson regarding the receipt of intelligence that an enemy attack on stores was imminent, their attempt to prevent the attack, and requesting orders.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Walker, John, 1741-1813, Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826--Correspondence, Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces, Purysburgh (S.C.), Jasper County (S.C.)
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
For more information contact The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.