16 Dec. 1806
Dec. 16. present the 4. heads of department. being informed that the Cambrian, one of the vessels proscribed by the proclamation of May last, is in Hampton road, we agreed to issue the proclamation, which see dated Dec. 20. to write to Generals Matthews & Wells to furnish militia for cutting off supplies, & to order the revenue cutters & boats, & the gun boats at Norfolk under Capt Decatur to attend to the same: but first to inform mr Erskine of what is to be done, & detain our orders some days to give time for the effect of his interference. the papers were to have gone off on the 20th. but that morning he informed mr Madison the Cambrian was gone, so our orders and proclamn were suppressed, see the draught of the proclamation.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.