Department of State, January 14th: 1807.
Having requested Mr. Clinton the Mayor of New York to collect a body of evidence against Capt. Whitby, whose trial is fixed for the 1st. of March next before a Court Martial in England, I must beg the favor of you to cooperate with Mr. Clinton in such manner as to diminish as far as possible the burthen imposed upon him. As I have written upon the subject fully to Mr. Clinton, I must refer you to him for a further explanation of the views of the Executive. I am &c.
DNA: RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.