13th Feby. 1809
I do not recollect that any application was made by Mr Fitzhugh in behalf of his son. There is not however any vacancy in my office, nor do I think it probable that any will soon occur; for, on account of the encrease of business arising from the embargo, I engaged an additional clerk last summer; and there will be of course one more than is necessary when the embargo is repealed.
You may recollect that we have forbidden any English vessels going up the Mississippi & have extended the prohibition even to Spanish vessels unless permitted by Governor Claiborne & having supplies for the use of the garrison of Baton rouge. This I mention on account of the determination expressed by Govr. Grandpré to demand a free passage both for Spanish & English.
Respectfully Your obedt. Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.