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To Thomas Jefferson from Horatio Gates, 23 October 1803

From Horatio Gates

Rose Hill 23d. Octr: 1803.

Dear Sir

Wednesday Noon Our Whigg Printer sent me your Message to Congress; he delivered it to The public in a seperate publication; I read it Greedily; It has fix’d your Fame upon an everlasting Foundation.—I am not surprized I did not receive an Answer to my two last Letters; for however you might be disposed to listen to my Recomendations, you could say nothing conclusive until the Louisiana business had received the Approbation of Congress;—I confess myself anxious for Success to General Armstrong, but that is full as much for your sake, as His; Conscious how much he is attached to You, & convinced of his Abilities to Grace the appointment.—The other Gentleman has a good Lucrative Office to Vacate, which another Man might think better than the one Solicited; but this Candidate, I gave you my Reasons for taking the Liberty to Recommend; Your Decision will prefectly satisfy me.—Inclosed is a Letter I received the first Instant from Marquiss La Fayette; together with what passd between me, & Consul Arcambal, upon the Subject.—I hope Citizen Laussat is arrived at Washington, and that every Sanction that can be obtain’d from an Ambassdor will Grace your Message to Congress;—when Mr: Gallatin was here, I lent Him Le page Du Pratz History of Louisiana; I am inclined to think it a very scarce Book in America; if you have not already perused it, nor have it not in your Library, I am willing to send it you by any conveyance you shall direct, it is in one Vol: in Octavo. there is much information in it—at this time I have only earnestly to recommend it to you to take care of your Health, & your Person, for I veryly believe the future porsperty of the Union depends much upon the preservation of both.—believe me ever

Your Faithfull & Obedient Servant

Horatio Gates

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 30 Oct. and “Armstrong to be Govr. Louisiana” and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

wednesday noon: that is, 19 Oct. our whigg printer: James Cheetham, editor of the daily New York American Citizen (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1123n).

Gates’s two last letters to TJ are dated 7 and 18 July. other gentleman: William Stephens Smith, surveyor and inspector of customs for the port of New York (see Gates to TJ, 7 July).

letter i received: Lafayette may have written Gates, as he did TJ, regarding the Beaumarchais claim (Lafayette to TJ, 22 May).

Louis arcambal was the French commissary of commercial relations for the city of New York in 1803 (New York Mercantile Advertiser, 16 Sep. 1803, 18 May 1804; Vol. 38:311, 312n).

TJ regularly cited the history by Antoine-Simon le page du pratz in his notes on territorial claims in Louisiana (see Editorial Note and Document I at The Boundaries of Louisiana, 7 Sep.).

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