March 13th 1807
I return the list of nominations with a few corrections. The paper marked L.H. respecting E. Dowlf I wish returned in order to direct a prosecution.
It is true that Elzey is a Virginian; but where to find good men for Opelousas I do not know; nor have I ascertained whether Elzey would go. In the mean while might not Thompson be advised that Parmelye is removed?
The letter I wrote to you is not precisely what I would have written to Lattimer who will give it publicity: particularly as it relates to the reasons given for exempting from the operation of the law those who, under colour of Spanish warrants not settled in 1797, may have settled on the land. It will indeed be difficult to assign any good reason for it but policy.
With respectful attachment Your obedt. Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.