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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to [Mary Willing Byrd]

AUTHOR/CREATOR
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826

CREATED/PUBLISHED
1779-10-24

SUMMARY
Jefferson offers to help Mary Willing Byrd, executrix of husband William Byrd III's estate, clear the entry and title claims of various military land warrants. The letter opens with a discussion of a prisoner-of-war exchange, of interest to Mrs. Byrd because her brother James Willing was a British captive. Jefferson notes that the trade being discussed is of British governor Henry Hamilton, taken at Vincennes by George Rogers Clark, for American Lieutenant Colonel George Matthews.

NOTES
Ink on paper, 24.0 x 19.0 cm, 2 pages

SUBJECTS
Byrd, Mary Willing, 1740-1814--Correspondence
Byrd, William, 1728-1777--Estate
Hamilton, Henry, 1734-1796
Clark's expedition to the Illinois, 1778-1779
Bounties, Military--Virginia
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Land
Politics

RESOURCE TYPE
Text
Correspondence

SOURCE COLLECTION
William H. English Collection

REPOSITORY
Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

DIGITAL ID
icufaw cmc0005

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