Washington Feby 2. 07
As I understood Mr Baldwin was not aprised of the complaints lodg’d against his Brother, I thought it advisable this day to communicate to him the subject of them, as I have, though I knew it to be a matter of some delicacy. In doing this I was cautious, & concived it to be a duty, that in like circumstances I should be glad to have done to me; & under this impression he seem’d to recive it.
I have written for the information about the Spanish arms said to be lodg’d at Baton Rougé for Burr, & hope you will receive it in a few weeks & when I return, the best authentication obtainable of it shall be sent you. S Smith (Printer) told me that he wish’d me to state the information to him, I replied, that it was unimportant, and I think at present it should not have publicity.
Accept, Sir, the assurance of my perfect consideration & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.