Department of State March 3d. 1806.
I return the letter from Messrs. Brown & Ives, respecting the capture of the Ship John Jay. At present it is not thought advisable for the Executive to interpose in such a case otherwise than by combatting; at London, in a general point of view, the principle on which the capture was made. I am &c.
DNA: RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.