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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Abner Nash
Jefferson, Thomas, 1742-1826
August 13, 1780
Volume 15, Pages 48-49


Richmond, 13th August, 1780.


I have received with much concern your Excellency's information of the irregularities committed by the two troops of Cavalry sent from this State.

I cannot but wish that the result of a further investigation may prove more favourable to them; but be this as it will, it is far from our desire to stand between them and justice. It is for the good of the general service that it should be fully enquired into, and it concerns the reputation of those of them who have not swerved from Duty to be separated by trial from their guilty Brethren and not involved in an indiscriminate censure. Having received information that they wanted Clothing, twelve Horses and thirty saddles, to refit them for service, orders were given ten days ago to supply them. The materials for their cloathing are in hand; their saddles are provided, except about half a dozen. What progress is made in purchasing the deficient

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Horses I am not informed. I think, however, on the whole, they will be very shortly ready to obey the General's call into service. In the mean time, should your Excellency think proper, they can be ordered to Brunswick Court House, within this State.

I have the honour to be,
With the greatest esteem & respect,
Your Excellency's most obedt. Servt.,
To His Excellency Gov. Nash.