Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Workman, 27 November 1807

Philada. Novem. 27th. 1807


There are some Occasions on which a Citizen feels himself bound to communicate to the Executive of His Country. On this Occasion I have felt myself so while I am well aware how little respect is paid to anonymous Communications—Yet should you from any other quarters hear things of a similar nature the recollection of this may be revived and have its weight. Since Mr. Dan Clarke of New Orleans’ arrival Many have been the Civilities which have been paid him. Mr. Power was a passenger in the same Vessel, and has generally been joined in the Invitations. A Gentleman who was early in British Employ, and intimate in those Circles where they have moved this Evening asserted emphatically that he knew. You have often good information but I can depend on mine that Moreau had gone to Pittsburgh on his way to New Orleans, his Wife having some time since embarked for France say two months, That New-Orleans would not long remain to the United States. As in a Case of a War with England She would seize it, offering free Trade and a guarantee of Independence to such as used the Mississippi, And that in case of Peace France would repossess herself, He seemed to point to men in the Western Country as having formed or pledged themselves to cooperate in such an approved Scheme, the first I suppose, approved in England, and perhaps the French Government have been sounded on the second. The Gentleman had been dining out it is true, Yet I who must remain unknown to you confide in his Veracity—

From your friends here You might obtain better Light. I have done what I conceive my duty however it may be viewed.

I remain with due respect.


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