Washington Dec. 27. 07
The Secretary at War informs me that he had engaged Capt Gaines to explore & survey the best road to be found from the Muscle shoals to the head waters of Tombigbee, and that he now daily expects the report. of this survey the state of Tenissee may perhaps chuse to avail itself. but if they chuse to make one themselves they are free to do it, only consulting, & acting in concert with the Agent of the US. for the Indians through whose lands the road may be proposed to pass; in order that nothing may be done unauthorised by treaty, & no just offence given them. I salute you with esteem & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.