Thomas Jefferson Papers

Notes on a Conversation with Edward Livingston, 12 February 1801

Notes on a Conversation with Edward Livingston

1801. Feb. 12. Edwd. Livingston tells me that Bayard applied to-day or last night to Genl. Sam. Smith & represented to him the expediency of his coming over to the states who vote for Burr, that there was nothing in the way of appointmt. which he might not command, & particularly mentioned the Secretaryship of the navy. Smith asked him if he was authorised to make the offer. he said he was authorised. Smith told this to Livingston & to W. C. Nicholas who confirms it to me. Bayard in like manner tempted Livingston, not by offering any particular office, but by representing to him his L’s intimacy & connexion with Burr, that from him he had every thing to expect if he would come over to him. to Dr. Linn of N. Jersey they have offered the government of N. Jersey. see a paragraph in Martin’s Baltimore paper of Feb. 10. signed a Looker on, stating an intimacy of views between Harper & Burr.

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 108:18534); entirely in TJ’s hand; on verso of sheet with Notes on Conversations with Benjamin Hichborn, 25 and 26 Dec. 1800.

Martin’s Baltimore paper: the avowedly Republican Baltimore American, edited by Alexander Martin (Cunningham, Jeffersonian Republicans description begins Noble E. Cunningham, Jr., The Jeffersonian Republicans: The Formation of Party Organization, 1789–1801, Chapel Hill, 1957 description ends , 168; Brigham, American Newspapers description begins Clarence S. Brigham, History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690–1820, Worcester, Mass., 1947, 2 vols. description ends , 1:223).

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