Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to William Eustis, 30 May 1810

To William Eustis

Monticello May 30. 10.

Dear Sir

In the action brought against me by E. Livingston on the subject of the batture, the counsel employed desire me without delay to furnish them with the grounds of defence that they may know what pleas to put in. to do this a communication of the papers in the several public offices, material to the case, is very essential. will you be so kind as to have selected such of those deposited in your office as may offer either useful information or evidence on the subject, on my assurance that they shall be faithfully & promptly returned, after noting from them what I may think important. mr Smith, then head clerk of your office is so well acquainted with this subject that I think he can readily make the selection, with your permission. I must particularly ask a copy of Genl. Dearborne’s letter or orders for removing the aggressors by force. this was between the dates of 1807. Nov. 27. and Jan. 29. 1808. I should be glad that a list of the papers sent me may be taken, that their return may be verified. Accept the assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Secretary at War”; endorsed by TJ.

Index Entries

  • Batture Sainte Marie, controversy over; TJ requests documents search
  • Dearborn, Henry; and batture controversy search
  • Eustis, William; and batture controversy search
  • Eustis, William; letters to search
  • Smith, John (chief clerk of War Department); and batture controversy search
  • War Department, U.S.; and batture controversy search