Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Smith, 6 July 1807

New Orleans July 6. 1807


Although I am the friend of Gen. Wilkinson, I think it my duty to inform you, that it has been confidently asserted to me by one of your friends & mine, since I arrived in this City & only two or three days ago, that Gen. Wilkinson has been in Spanish pay for many years, & that the most unequivocal proofs of it are in the hands of a few designing Federalists, who are waiting with anxious hope for the time when you may have committed your reputation with the General’s and then publish the evidence of his guilt—

I confess Sir, that I hope better things of the General, yet I deem it advisable to give you this information; for I am proud in uniting my wishes with millions, that when you are pleased to retire to private life, it may be with undiminished as well as with unprecedented glory.

It is believed by some that a collusion with Governor Folche will be attempted. Of this you will be inform’d by others more particularly—There will be a watch upon the attempt & on those who dare attempt it. Adair is still here and says he waits till he learns whether Burr’s trial is postpon’d or not.

I have the honour to be Sir very respectfully your most Ob Servt

John Smith

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