Thomas Jefferson Papers

David Bailie Warden to Thomas Jefferson, 22 May 1810

From David Bailie Warden

Paris, 22 may, 1810—


I have the honor of sending you the inclosed copy of an analysis of the meteoric stone that fell in the United States, with a list of vessels, and some brochures containing defences, of vessels and cargoes, made by me—

I have transmitted to you several pamphlets by different opportunities, and I hope that you have received them—

The late decree of the Emperor is extremely hostile—and seems to destroy all hope of a speedy arrangement between France and the United States. We wait, with much anxiety, the decision of Congress with regard to England and this Country—I do not believe, that the Emperor wishes to be at war with the United States; but he seems determined to seize all the american Vessels and cargoes that arrive in ports under his domination.

I am, Sir, with great respect and esteem
your very obligd Serv

David Bailie Warden

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Hon Thos Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 Sept. 1810 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Warden, “Description and Analysis of the meteoric stone, which fell at Weston, in north America, the 4th december 1807” (Paris, 1810; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library [1829] description ends , 7 [no. 305]; TJ’s copy at ViU; translation from Annales de Chimie 63 [1810]: 293–9). Other enclosures not found.

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