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From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 28 December 1806

Washington Dec. 28. 06.

Dear Sir

Believing a letter will still find you at home, I drop you a line to give you the Western news. a letter from Wilkerson of Nov. 30. from N. Orleans informs us he is there & his troops coming down the red river to him; & that he is preparing to cover that place from Burr. this letter comes by water & is therefore here before those we are to infer are on the road informing us of his having settled a temporary line with the Spaniards, and their mutual withdrawing of their troops.   in the mean time the confidential agent we sent off about the last of October to follow on the trail of Burr, discover his designs & progress, & with full powers to communicate with & call on governors & all other officers & persons to aid in the objects of suppression & punishment, having ripened his enquiries, communicated them to Governor Tiffin, who & his legislature acted with a promptitude & energy which has probably compleatly broke up Burr’s preparations. they had siesed 15. boats & 200. barrels of provisions & were in pursuit of the other flotilla which they would undoubtedly take. Blannerhasset & Tyler had fled. our Agent had then proceeded to Kentucky to get that state into action. it’s conduct had not till then been as unequivocal as it’s friends had wished.   thus we are at ease as to Burr & the Spaniards. we have no news from Europe. my tender affections to my dearest Martha & the family, and constant attachment to yourself.

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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