Montpelier Sepr. 11. 1815
I am informed thro’ confidential channels, that Joseph Bonaparte is arrived at N. Y. under an assumed name, that he considers it proper to report himself to this Govt--that he would set out from N. Y. on tomorrow (tuesday) accompanied by Commodore Lewis, for that purpose; and be in Washington on thursday or friday on his way to Montpelier, under cover always of an assumed name. The motive to this step is probably a mistaken calculation of the respect he wishes to pay to the Govt. whose protection he seeks: but this step itself is very little consistent with his anxiety to conceal his arrival, a knowledge of which would increase the vigilance of B. Cruisers agst. those who are following him. It would be impossible for him to travel hither & return without awakening a successful curiosity, if it were proper for me to be a positive party to his disguise. Commodore Lewis has been doubtless misled by a benevolent sympathy, into a forgetfulness of the impropriety of his course, without a previous sanction for it.
As you will at once seize the proper view of the case I must ask the favor of you to see Mr. R. Cutts & Mr. Forrest who can explain its particulars, and who will participate as far as necessary in the means of letting it be understood that such a visit from such a person under such circumstances is neither necessary, nor expedient: that the party must derive his protection from the laws, independently of the Ex. authority; and that if he chus to make a report of himself to the Govt. it can be done as wel⟨l⟩ on paper as in person, and much more respectfully in an open than in a disguised manner. I calculate with certainty that, without accident to the mail, this will reach you in time for your interposition, before the passage of the travellers throug⟨h⟩ Washington. affe. respects
ICHi: Papers of Richard Rush.