14 Apr. 1806
Apr. 14. Present all the heads of departments. the message of this day to both houses respecting Tunis was submitted to them, & approved by all of them except mr Gallatin who would rather no communication on the subject should be made. however he suggested several alterations in the message, which were made.
Information being recieved that the Spaniards prohibit our vessels passing up the Mobille, I proposed for their considn whether I should communicate it to Congress. we all were against it, except mr Madison & Genl. Dearborne who rather leaned to a communicn, but acquiesced. the reasons against it were that it would open anew the sluices of invective which had lately been uttered there, the lateness of the period, Congress being to adjourn in 7. days, the impossibility of their administering a remedy in that time, & the hope that we might get along till we could hear from Paris.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.