Lynhaven, half Past two O’Clock
28th. July 1807.
I am this moment returned from the Cape Henry Light House.
The Triumph, & Patriot, came in last night, & took their Station at their accustomed place, in Lynhaven Bay, in Blockade order. No small vessels seem to be molested; but it is uncertain what is done to the outward bound. This morning the Patriot went out, & seemed to be cruising off the Light House, as usual, when I left it. Fifteen minutes ago, the Triumph, & Leopard, were at their moorings in Lynhaven bay: the Ships out yesterday, appear to have come in, in obedience to the Signals given by the Leopard, on the reciept & answer of the dispatches which I saw a Pilot boat deliver from the Chesapeake bay, under the sanction of a Flag of Truce.—If that was a false appearance, I conjecture that some Traitor must either have advised that the French Ships were seeking an oppertunity to depart; or that you are in preparation at the Navy Yard, Washington. Nothing else matterial. Yrs.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.