Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Pinckney, 26 June 1793

To Thomas Pinckney

Philadelphia, June 26th. 1793


I enclose you a copy of a letter I have written to Mr. Hammond, and of the papers accompanying it, on the subject of the Snow Suckey, and her cargo belonging to citizens of the United States, captured by an English privateer, and carried, as is supposed, into Jamaica. I will ask you to obtain, without delay,1 orders from the British Government to proper persons in2 their Colonies, to have justice rendered immediately to the complainants and due punishment inflicted on the offenders, if the case shall be as has been stated. I think it would be proper also to make this the occasion of obtaining from that Government, general orders to their West India colonies, to watch, with vigilance, over3 violations of this kind, which, probably4 will be multiplied on us, and of which those Colonies will be the receptacle. I have the honor to be, with much respect & esteem Sir, Your most obedient and most humble servant

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); in the hand of George Taylor, Jr., signed by TJ; at foot of text: “Mr. Pinckney.” Dft (DLC); entirely in TJ’s hand. FC (Lb in DNA: RG 59, DCI). Recorded in SJPL. Enclosures: TJ to George Hammond, 26 June 1793, and enclosures.

1In Dft TJ here canceled “proper.”

2In Dft TJ here canceled “Jamaica.”

3In Dft TJ here canceled “irregularities in the.”

4In Dft TJ first wrote “of which we shall probably experience many” and then altered it to read as above.

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