Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Tatham, 27 March 1807

Bowling Green One O Clock Friday 27th. March 1807.


The Atty. Genl. will have advised you that Mr. Burr left Fredricksburgh, in a Stage, for Richmond yesterday morning, & would be safe lodged there last Night.

Mr. Rodney arrived at Fredricksburgh this morning, quite fatigued; & so soon as his dispatches were ready, I left Fredricksburgh about Nine, & my Servant is dispatched, fifteen Minutes ago on fresh Horses (per Post Masters) to deliver the Public documents to Mr. G. Hay before he sleeps: That Gentleman has unfortunately just lost his wife.

Mr. Burr is in the same disguised dress in which he was taken: viz.—an old White Hat, a pair of Checked Virga. Cloth Pantaloons & Old Virginia Leggins; and an Old Virginia Cloth Coat.

He was visiting along the Road in company with the Sherriff of the County near Fort Stoddart; & on the approach of the Soldiers, he asked the Sherriff what those Soldiers were &c—The Sherriff, it seems, suspected him, & repplied “they were only going on duty to another fort in that neighbourhood.” They immedet presented their firelocks, & ordered him to surrender, which he did.

In passing a Crowd of People in South Carolina, he threw himself off his Horse, appealed to the People as an injured Man, & announced his Name. The Officer order’d the Men to present! & the multitude to disperse: They instantly obeyed, & Called out to the Officer to hang him.

The Guard Slept in the room with him, & permitted none but the Landlord of the house to Speak to him—I have the honor in haste Sir Yr. H St

Wm Tatham

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