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Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) re: call for drafting and payment of state militia

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00184.24 Author/Creator: Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Document signed Date: 24 July 1780 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 31 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: Partially printed circular letter signed as Governor of Virginia, with a postscript in his hand. Refers to an act to prevent desertion, to draft more state militia and to use tobacco loan certificates for pay.

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Soldier's PayMilitary HistoryMilitiaPresidentConscriptionDesertionTobacco and SmokingFinanceEconomicsLawRevolutionary War

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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