United States Consulate
Bordeaux May 17th 1805
When the reputation of an officer of the United States is unjustly attacked, it is a duty he owes the Government and himself to vindicate his character. How far I have succeeded in this particular the annexed correspondence will shew. I beg leave Sir with great deference to lay it before you reposing the utmost confidence in that justice which so eminently distinguishes your administration.—
With the highest Veneration I have the honor to remain Your devoted humble Servant.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.