Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Hammond, 12 July 1792

From George Hammond

Thursday 12th July 1792.

Mr. Hammond has the honor of transmitting to Mr. Jefferson copies of some farther documents, which he has received, relative to the acts of violence committed, under the authority of the state of Vermont, within the district of Caldwell manor, now occupied by his Majesty’s forces. Mr. Hammond trusts that these papers will tend still farther to justify his solicitude that the general government of the United States should take the earliest and most effectual measures to prevent a repetition of such conduct in future.

The object of Mr. Hammond’s visit this morning was to request Mr. Jefferson to favor him with that explanation, on the case of Mr. Pagan, which, in his note of the 2d of this month, inclosing the Attorney General’s letter, Mr. Jefferson was so obliging as to promise.

RC (DNA: RG 59, NL); endorsed by TJ as received 12 July 1792 and so recorded in SJL. Tr (Lb in same). Enclosures: (1) Governor Thomas Chittenden to Justices of the Peace Samuel Mott and Benjamin Marvin and the People of Alburgh, Williston, 16 May 1792, ordering them to establish town government in Alburgh, asserting that Alburgh was unquestionably within the United States, declaring that any inhabitant who wished to live under British rule must leave the town, and threatening to impose penalties for failure to establish town government under Vermont’s jurisdiction. (2) Samuel Mott to the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff of Chittenden County or the Constables of Alburgh, 11 June 1792, directing them to attach property of Patrick Conroy and Minard Yeomans to the value of £50, the amount of damages sought in a trespass action brought against them by Joseph Mott, Jr., of Alburgh, with the latter’s note of 12 June 1792 in his capacity as constable listing the property attached in accordance with this order (Trs in same; Trs in VtMS; PrCs in DLC).

For TJ’s note of the 2d to Hammond, see Edmund Randolph to TJ, 30 June 1792.

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