Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Harry Innes, 21 January 1794

From Harry Innes

Kentucky January 21st: 1794

Dr Sir

Agreable to the promise contained in my last Letter I now inclose you the Remonstrance drawn and circulated by the Democratic society in this state. I shall only observe that it here meets with very general approbation.

I think I hinted in my Letter that foreign aid had been offered to Kentucky; it has been told me to day that Majr. Genl. Logan of the state Militia has resigned his state command and taken an Appointment of-I expect-a Brig. Genl. under the Repub. of France. Your old friend Clarke is first in command. It is also said that Colo. John Montgomery late of the Ileonoise Regiment has embodied 200 men in the Cumberland settlement and hath marched to the mouth of that River where he is now encamped and lately took several Boats loaded with provision destined for New Orleans.

These communications are made to you from report-yet I beleive are facts and are intended to inform you of the temper and opinions of the Western people on the subject of the Navigation of the Mississippi that Government may be watchful and take decissive measures in that business. You may rest assured that nothing has kept the people in this quarter quiet on that interesting subject but the furnishments made to the Army for two years past. I am with great regard Dr Sir your friend & Servt.

Harry Innes

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Hon’ble Thos. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 31 Mch. 1794 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Democratic Society of Kentucky, To the President and Congress of the United States of America. The Remonstrance of the Citizens West of the Allegany Mountains (Lexington, 1793?), which warned that the people of Kentucky would take action to establish their economically vital right to navigate the Mississippi if federal efforts to secure Spanish recognition of this right continued to be unsuccessful (Evans, description begins Charles Evans, Clifford K. Shipton, and Roger P. Bristol, comps., American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of all Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America from … 1639 … to … 1820, Chicago and Worcester, Mass., 1903–59, 14 vols. description ends No. 46731).

My last letter: Innes to TJ, 28 Dec. 1793. Foreign aid: a reference to an ultimately abortive plan by French minister Edmond Charles Genet for a joint attack on Louisiana by a French naval force and Kentucky volunteers (see notes to TJ to Isaac Shelby, 28 June 1793, and Notes of Cabinet Meeting and Conversations with Edmond Charles Genet, 5 July 1793).

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