VII. Robert Smith’s Remarks on the Draft
[on or before 25 Nov. 1802]
If a more summary process be wanted to enforce a specific performance of the Contract of foreign Seamen, ought it not to be a subject of diplomatic adjustment?
The Cession of Louisiana is expressed with an accurate attention to the delicacy of the Case. But ought it not to be a separate Confidential Communication? Will it not otherwise produce in France great sensibility and in G. Brittain too high an expectation?
RC (DLC); undated, entirely in Smith’s hand; endorsed by TJ as received from the Navy Department on 25 Nov. 1802 and “Message” and so recorded in SJL.