Newyork 12th. July 1807
On my arrival at this place yesterday, I was honored with the rect. of your letter of the 7th. inst. enclosing copies of two letters from Capt. Decatur. I also received a letter from Genl. Mathews enclosing a copy of a letter from Capt. Douglass to the Mayor of Norfolk & the Mayors answer.—This morning I have been honored with your letter of the 9th. I have had a conference with the V. President on the subject of fortifications for the defense of this City and although there are many extravegent opinnians intertained here relative to the defense of this place, I am induced to believe that the V. President, the Govr. and others influencial charactors will be not only satisfied with reasonable measures on that subject, but will oppose any wild or extravagent projects.—I hope that in the course of the present week we shall decide on what relates to Temporery or permenent works, and on the best means of carrying into effect with promptitude, whatever shall be considered essential for present defense.—as soon as the measures are decided on in relation to this place, I shall return to Washington, unless my return shall become unnecessary by the course of proceedings adopted by the British Squadron.—Mrs. Dearborn will continue with me until it shall be known whether I must return or not.—
with sentiments of respectfull esteem I am Sir Your Obedt. Sevt
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.