Cadiz 8th. August 1807
Being still deprived of Your Excellency’s gracious favors, or having merited an answer from the Secretary of State approving or dis’approving my Conduct I have been waiting a long time for the arrival of Mr. Hackley hoping that he would be bearer of such Satisfactions, but alltho’ the first is verified, to my grief I am disappointed in the latter; the particulars that I took the liberty to mention in my last Letter, was in consequence of consulting the Interest of that Government, and as I am still imbibed with the same desires, I have taken upon myself to advise said Mr. Hackley, if he wishes to accept of my power to act as Pro Consul at Algexiras (where he is arrived) remaining there untill further instructions from Your Excelly—as since I advised the separation of San Lucar from this Province, they have laid on Vessels entering that River such a heavy Duty; that all foreign Vessels Shuns the same; and as said Hackley brings a numerous family he never could be supported at Sn. Lucar.—I hope Sir that this manner of acting is an evidence of my honorable and desinterested proceedings; as I never wished nor do wish but what is in benefit to the Government and Individuals I repreasent; thinking that at Algexiras an active & intelligent man is wanted very much.
I have the pleasure to inform Your Excelly. that Peace was sign’d on the 8th. ultimo at Tilsit, between the Emperors of France & Russia, and according to reports was also concluded with Prussia on the 9th. alltho the news is not yet received officialy; nothing can be yet determined what change may take place in England. With Sentiments of high consideration & respect,
I am Your Excellencys Most devoted & most obedt. Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.