Thomas Jefferson Papers

Notes on a Cabinet Meeting, 4 October 1803

Notes on a Cabinet Meeting

Oct. 4. Present Secretaries of State, Treasury, War.
will it be adviseable for forcible possn of N. Orleans to be taken, if refused. unanimous it will.
should we now prepare force, so as to have it ready the moment Congress authorises it? unan. it will.
what force? 400. regulars from F. Adams, 100. do. from Chickasaw bluffs & Massac, 500. militia of Mis. tery. boatmen & sailors.

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 131:22677); entirely in TJ’s hand; follows, on same sheet, Notes on a Cabinet Meeting of 16 July.

present: TJ notified Gallatin of this meeting on 3 Oct., when he referred the draft annual message to the secretary of the Treasury. See Document III of Drafting the Annual Message to Congress, above at [before 1 Oct.].

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