To Thos. Jefferson P.U.S.
It is high time that the Official account of the action between the Chesepeake & his B.M’s. ship of War Leopard, was published. The American people have a right to demand an account of it, and to expect that prompt measures should be taken to revenge the insult which has been offered. Let us have no more of your negociations; had you been more energetic at the beginning of your Administration, we should not now be in the situation that we are. Was there ever an instance of a U.S. Frigate having struck her colors during the Federal Administration? Was there ever an instance of any British captain’s daring to Kill an American Seaman, within the Jurisdiction of U.S. in any part of the world during the Federal Administration? Was the American Character during the Federal Administration, ever so debased as it is now? Instead of conveneing Congress immediately, as evry body but your self would have done before this time, I suppose you will send another Ambassador extraordanary—The time will come if it has not already, when the American people will feel indignant at the pusillanimity of their chief Magistrate Remember Carters mountain, & now that you have an opportunity, convince the world that you are not what you have been always supposed to be a Coward—
An Indignant American
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.