Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Wilkinson, 1 March 1807

New Orleans, March 1st. 1807—


I transmit this by a Vessel bound to Baltimore, to cover a duplicate of my letter of the 26th. Ulto. and to trespass some further details on your patience.

The enclosed Extract of a letter from S. Dinsmore, will apprize you of the State of things at Natchez, and particularly the Situation of Blennerhassett, Tyler, Ralston and Floyd. Should these men be left to the Mummery of a trial, before a tribunal which has not cognizance of their Offences, they will certainly be discarged—Your Wisdom then Sir, will deside whether, they ought not to be called before the Supreme Court of the United States by some regular process—For the Testimony of Doctor Carmichael clearly proves that Ralston and Floyd were associates of B-r, and privy to his illicit designs, and also that A-r was an associate, and had been sent by Burr to me on a sinister mission. You Know better than I do Sir, how to estimate the Testimonies to be deduced from these premises, and will I have no doubt direct the necessary Stepts for their obtension.—

We have just received reports by Several letters from the Town of Mobile, dated the 20th. and 21st. Instants, that Burr has been apprehended in the Settlement of the Tombigbee, by Lieut. Ganes, and carried prisoner to Fort Stoddert. It is said he was discovered on the 18th. at a Village called Wakefield, about 35 miles from Fort Stoddert, and that Lieut. Gaines intercepted him on the road the next day. The account is circumstantial, but as I have no report from Mr. Gaines, I doubt its truth. You have under cover the Copy of one letter on which this report is founded.—

In a former letter, moved by a glow of Philanthrophy after hearing an affecting tale, I named to you Colo. Tousard, for this I pray you forgive me—I have not seen or heard from the Man Since the year 1800, and I knew little of him then—Now I am well assured he has long Since forfeited all claim to the consideration of the United States.—With Great respect & attachment, I am Sir, your grateful and obliged

Ja Wilkinson.

DLC: Burr Conspiracy Collection.

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