Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Allyne Otis, 19 January 1806

Washington Jan. 19. 06.


On examining the Documents referred to in my message respecting the Ex-bashaw, & that also on English affairs, I found that a material paper in each had not been sent me from the offices. as one would be to translate & copy, & the other was long & would be to be copied twice, I thought it best not to delay the messages, but to supply the omission of the documents by asking your permission for mr Coles to attend, & for me to substitute each paper in it’s proper place, as we have been in the habit of correcting errors, & supplying accidental omissions in this informal way, rather than the more embarrassing one of formal messages of correction. the papers now sent are expressly referred to in the messages, and are consequently understood by the house to be referred to the committee & in their possession. mr Coles now attends you for the insertion of these papers which I herein inclose. Accept my friendly salutations.

Th: Jefferson

The papers to be inserted are

Hamet Caramalli’s letter of Aug. 5. 05. to me, referred to in the message respecting him, and

the letter of Colo. Monroe of Sep. 23. 1805. to the British Secretary for foreign affairs, being the Remonstrance said in the message on that subject to have been made by mr Monroe to that government.

DNA: RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.

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