Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Henry Dearborn, 27 August 1808

Monticello Aug. 27. 08.

Dear Sir

In my letter of yesterday I omitted to inclose that of Hern, which I now do. I add to it a newspaper from St. Louis, in which is an account of the surrender of some Indian murderers. this paper says there were 3. or 4. whites murdered, but I think Govr. Lewis’s letter says but 1. on that ground I wrote to him to recommend, if they should be convicted, to suffer only one to be executed, unless there was strong reason for doing more, & to deliver up the rest to their friends as a proof of our friendship & desire not to injure them.   mr Woolsey our Collector on Champlain, has lately been to Montreal. he took much pains to find out the British strength in that quarter, & the following is what, he says, we may rely on.

At Montreal 450.
Chambly 80.
St. John’s 40.
Odle town 14.
Isle aux noix 10

he adds that 10,000 men will take the whole country to within a league of Quebec.   I salute you with affection & respect.

Th: Jefferson

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