Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John O’Neill, 29 May 1806

This City Baltimore 29th. May 1806


From some late information which I have received from both from Europe and the West Indies, am led to beleive that thier shall be a Necessity for you to give orders for the Ports and Harbours of these United States to be shut up against and shrivenof Trade whatsoever being carried on have what shall be found necessary for the better Security of the States in a Confederate body in Order to this. it is my wish at this time to give you this intelligence in Order therefore that you duly apprise the several Members of the past Congress on the Occasion, as thier Several Concurrance shall be necessary to effect it. The day then which I think will be about the first of November next. with defaultcation on your part or on the part of the Members of the present Congress. About three months from this date I think you shall be at liberty to issue your Orders to this effect. I shall serve at the next Congress as Vice President. let it be understood also, I shall Set out from this place this day in order to go to Edward Reynolds’s near Washington. You can make your communication through the Medium of the Washington Federalist of the Belligerent Powers. And our Minds have not wisdom enough they may want the loss of some Naval Property to the loss of an invaluable Country is but trifling. Do you look to me, make nothing to do about purchase whatsoever. I am a Politician you’ll observe Not a Militant and traitter am. this is all I [see?] Necessary for your full instructions let no Interest local or otherwise interfere with this important advice. I am Sir

Your Mo Obt

Jno: O’Neill

My writing.

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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