Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Montgomery, 25 March 1807

Philadelphia 25th. March 1807.


It is rumoured you mean to send the Treaty with England back for alteration—Permit me as your friend and one to my Native Country to advise your suspending the prohibitory Law,—The objects of said Law are well understood by the Government of England and meant here only to go into effect if arrangemts are refused; If you ask other measures than those agreed to by your Ministers, it will in my opinion exhibit your wisdom not to wait their requests to do it; and there is not time to negociate before the Law takes effect—Some Persons here have ordered their Goods for Fall, on the communication from our Ministers which you laid before Congress,—Heretofore you have always choosen measures that time has proved to have been wise and prudent—I hope those you adopt in future will also prove so. As our Law prohibiting Goods is worded few understand it. the execution thereof will be vexatious, and by a suspension, your requests will be Strengthened, and your country not disappoined—With much respect I am—Sir—Your Obedt. Servt.

Wm. Montgomery

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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