Notes on a Conversation with
13. Baer & Harrison G. Otis told J. Nicholas that in the Caucus mentioned ante 10th. there wanted but 5. votes to produce a declaration of war. Baer was against it.
MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 108:18558); entirely in TJ’s hand; on same sheet as Notes on a Conversation with Samuel Smith, 12 Jan. 1800.
Caucus: see Notes on a Conversation with Benjamin Rush, 10 Jan. 1800. Nicholas, George Baer, Jr., of Maryland, and Harrison Gray Otis served together in the Fifth and Sixth Congresses (Biog. Dir. Cong.).