New York. January 11th. 1807.
I lose no time in forwarding to the seat of Government the enclosed Dispatches from Genl Wilkinson, and agreeably to his instructions shall follow them to Washington, as early as a short but necessary delay here will permit—
I have in my charge three boxes directed to the President of the United States, which had been forwarded from St Louis to New Orleans by Capt. Lewis—These packages I shall if a good opportunity offer during the few days I shall remain here, either forward to Baltimore, Alexandria, or if possible Georgetown, or Washington—If an opportunity to one or other of these Ports do not present itself, I shall leave the Packages in the Public Stores under the care of the Collector of this Port—
I have the honor to be with respect, Your obt hble Serv.
Jas. L Donaldson.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.