From H. Bredaugh
Philada. January 24th 1802 [i.e. 1803]
Mr. Jefferson I thing that you are not acting wright about Orleans the Cittizens would certainly all love & esteam you much more If you wold only give them leave to take that place because if the French Comes there and takes possesion the will always be sparing with us but only give us leave and we will take it without the least Hesitation only think the Back Countries will become1 fit for nothing all those fine objects will become waste the Kiantuckians have often said that only give them leave and the will go down and take it without reserve
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as a letter of 24 Jan. 1803 received 27 Jan. and so recorded in SJL.
1. MS: “bcome.”