Apr 17, 2012 - Sale 2276

Sale 2276 - Lot 38

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JEFFERSON'S PHILOSOPHY OF MANAGEMENT JEFFERSON, THOMAS. Autograph Letter Signed, "Th:Jefferson," as Governor of Virginia, to Brigadier General George Weedon, describing efforts to provision Weedon's regiment and explaining his desire to leave military decisions to the commanding officers. 1 page, 8vo, with integral address leaf. Richmond [VA], 31 January 1781

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In the first half of this letter, Jefferson lets Weedon know what is being done to provide subsistence to his troops: "As soon as a force began to collect at Fredericksburg I directed the commissary, Brown (who is authorized by law to instruct the Commissioners in what is to be expected from them), to take immediate measures for procuring subsistence for those forces." He also adds: "Your arrangements for the defence of Patowmac & Rappahanoc appear to have been judicious."
Jefferson also explains how he sees his role as Commander in Chief: "It is my wish to furnish what force is requisite for our defence as far as I am enabled, but to leave to the commanding officers solely the direction of that force." Published in Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 4:491.