Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Smith, 13 January 1807

Extract of a letter from Genl. Wilkinson dated Natchitoches, 23 Octr 1806

“Say to the President that Mr. Mead the Secy. of the Missisippi Territory, has wished “the Spanish Country might intercept me on my Route to this place because if this did not happen, we should have no War.” the same Man before I reached Natchez actually talked of attacking Baton Rouge. he has condemned my Orders to Colo. Cushing, has reflected on me grossly for removing Arms from Fort Adams to this place, for the purpose of arming the Militia, saying Genl. Wilkinson had no Right to do it, and that he would have my Conduct explained,—He who in Conjunction with a Major Claiborne, Brother of the Governor, actually deliberated, whether “they would not attack Fort Adams, & Seize on the public Stores & Arms there, after I left it. of this I have broad proofs of undeniable integrity—


The letter of which the above is an Extract has been in my possession Since the 27: Novr.—I declined making you the Communication, nor should I now but for a publication in the Aurora (of undoubted Authority from Natchez)—which information I take for granted Emanates from Mr. Mead—I am

Sir, your friend & Servt

S. Smith

Senate Chamber

13 Jany 1807

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