From Thomas Jefferson
Monticello Sep. 18. 1801.
Your favor of the 16th by post & 17th by mr. Davis have been duly rec⟨eived.⟩ He has not yet opened himself to me; but I shall assure him that nothing can ⟨be⟩ said here on the subject, nor determined on but when we shall be together at Washington. I have a letter from mr. Gallatin whose only doubt is whether Rogers should be removed. If he is, he seems clear Davis had better have the appointment.1 I think it will be better to postpone an answer to Govr. Clin⟨ton⟩ on Brant’s proposition2 till we can be together at Washington. In fact ⟨it⟩ belongs to the War department. Genl. Pickens is arrived at S. W. point which answers mr. Preston’s application. I wrote to the Secretary of War Sep. 5. to have the Boston expedited.3 I have a letter from him dated Baltim⟨ore⟩ Sep. 11. He had not then received mine. He had just lost his eldest son. It is pretty evident we shall be at Washington in time to dispatch papers for the Chancellor. For that reason I retain the several commissions signed by you and forwarded yesterday, not being satisfied which we had better use. I am satisfied we ought not to keep Murray there on so slender a business. I count fully myself the 1st Consul will ratify on condn. of an abandonment of spoliations on our part. If he does not, would it not be better to give the Chancellor a power to execute the article for the restitution of prizes, and ⟨leave⟩ to the Senate whether any new modifications shall be agreed to? You know ⟨my⟩ opinion ⟨as to⟩ the importance of the ratificn. But all this shall be the subject ⟨of consul⟩tation when we meet. I return all your papers ⟨except those apply⟩ing for offices, which I imagine had better be in my bundle. I shall see you ⟨on⟩ Saturday or Sunday if you be not gone. My respects to the ladies & affectionate attachm⟨ent to⟩ yourself.