Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Henry Dearborn, [13 October 1802]

From Henry Dearborn

[13 Oct. 1802]


I should presume that it might not be amiss to enquire of Genl. Sumpter, W. Hampton, or other known respectable characters in S.C., what wieght & credit is to be given to the representations of Mr. D. and what would be proper to be done for him (if any thing) by the Exect.—he may become a mischevious man, and in the critical situation of that State, however undeserving, it may be proper to take some notice of him. from all that I have seen from him & heard of him, I conclude that he would be very quiet about removals &c. if he could git a snug place for himself. Mr. Gallatin might easily obtain all necessary information, & if it should appear that Mr. D. is neither intitled to notice, or to be feared, he might be permited to continue his complaints through his tedious letters.

H. D.

RC (DLC); undated; addressed: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the War Department on 13 Oct. 1802 and “D’Oyley’s letters” and so recorded in SJL.

For the REPRESENTATIONS of Daniel D’Oyley, see TJ to Gallatin, 6 Oct. and Gallatin to TJ, 8 Oct.

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