James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, 2 August 1806

Monticello Aug. 2. 06.

Dear Sir

I return you Mr. Lear’s letters; in which I am sorry to find he says not a word about the Tripoline family. I presume the family has chosen not to be given up. I inclose you a letter from Salvatore Bosutti at Malta, which may be filed in the office I presume without answer. Noble’s letter & sample should I suppose be filed in the patent office. It may be a charity tho’ it is not a duty to inform him of the steps he ought to take.

The letters from Rogers, after perusal, I will ask the favor of you to return to the Navy office. The case of the Ketch Gheretti is not a pleasant one to form the commencement of our correspondence with the Ottoman government. Shall we let it pass without an answer? or give them a solid one? She had joined our enemies in war against us. We took her. Had we considered her crew as Ottoman subjects, we must have hung them up as pirates & perhaps complained to that government. We thought it a proof of moderation to identify them, as they had done themselves with the Tripolines, to confiscate the vessel, &, on the peace, to discharge them. But through whom can we answer?

My journey to Bedford is still to be made; but I have not yet fixed a day. I have retained the papers now sent in expectation you would recieve them in Orange. Accept affectionate salutations & continued respect

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of James Madison.

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