Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Bate Dyke, 12 May 1801

From Bate Dyke

New York May 12 1801


Pardon the Intrusion of an Emigrant from England in Ship Mary from Bristol (first time of my being at Sea) I Was Sitting Across the Helm the Ship Labouring With A Contrary Wind An Idea Imediately Struk mee With A Plan to Steer A Ship Against the Winds Eye (O that I may Steer my Course through Life in thoughts Words & Actions his the Ardent Desire of A Sinfull Mortal in the Midst of Strangers) Sir if this his Deserving of Your Notice I Am Personaly Y[ours to] Command

Bate Dyke

At Allexander Kemptons No. 105: Maiden Lane

PS Landed here on Lords Day Last

RC (DLC); torn; endorsed by TJ as received [16 May] and so recorded in SJL.

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