Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Williams, 11 May 1807

Washington M.T. May 11th. 1807.


Joshua Baker one of the Legislative Council of this Territory, is the Author of the inclosed extract of a letter—

The notoriety of the falshoods which he has here detailed, without even the Semblance of foundation or truth, has drawn from the people an universal execration of his private as well as publick Character, so much so, as to render it expedient to revoke his Commission as one of the Justices of the Quorum in this Territory—And as to his Military office I Shall let him be deprived of that, by a Court Marshal—It is also universally wished and expected that his Commission as one of the Council will be revoked. It is evident the other Members would not Sit with him in that body, had they the power to get Clear of him.—

Without Condescending to Specific observations on the falsities this letter Contains, I will rimark that Such a thing as a Call and the Conduct of Judge Bruin was never heard of, Neither had I taken a house & removed to Washington till after Colo. Burr absented himself, but resided in Natchez with the family of a friend, and rode out to the Seat of Government every day until I Could procure a house there

These are facts too notorious to mistake through want of Judgment information, especially by one who was on the ground, when & where those things Should have been acted—Perhaps when he Speaks of My Conduct respecting Burr he may allude to the orders which Genl. Wilkinson gave to sundry persons, the particulars of which you have been already informed by me in a Communication to the Secretary of State under date of Feby. 23d—Among those orders be, the General, authorised an express and draft on himself to the amt of $4,000 for apprehending Burr

I have the honor to be with great Consideration yrs

Robert Williams

DLC: Burr Conspiracy Collection.

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