21 Oct. 1807
I receive this moment at my house your note of this morning. The perpetual interruptions of the office & my want of eyes at night induced me to remain here to day for the purpose of finishing my remarks on your message. They are just done & I send them with this.
I regret that my not being at the office should have disappointed you. May not the orders for the Constitution be delayed till to morrow? My impression, however, is that she should be disarmed, but not sent round to the Chesapeak. Her best station would I think for many reasons be New York. But I have not heard any reasons for or against her staying or going any where. Mr Smith says that he has no money to pay her & wants me to induce the Bank to advance the money. This, for many reasons & amongst others on account of the immediate meeting of Congress, appears inadmissible.
I will try to return the financial & last paragraphs this evening.
Respectfully Your obt. Sevt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.