Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 14 November 1811

To Archibald Stuart

Monticello Nov. 14. 11.

Dear Sir

We have safely recieved the cask of timothy seed, as1 also the very excellent parcel of butter which you have been so kind as to send us; for which be pleased to accept my thanks, or perhaps I should more properly request you to tender them with my respects to mrs Stuart.

You have, days since, seen the most excellent, rational & dignified message of the president, & the documents accompanying it. in these you see the British government have openly avowed that they will enforce their orders of council, that is, will keep exclusive possession of the ocean, until France will allow her manufactures to go in the ships of other nations into the continent of Europe & France herself, altho she does not permit, even in time of peace, the manufactures of any nation to be brought to England in other ships but of the nation manufacturing them. in the mean time she is taking all our vessels, which is all the war she can make on her side. and indeed the style of Foster’s correspondence is altogether a style of defiance. always affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViHi: Stuart Papers); at foot of text: “Judge Stuart.” PoC (CSmH: JF-BA); endorsed by TJ.

James Madison’s message to Congress of 5 Nov. 1811 covered nearly one hundred documents relating to American relations with Denmark, France, and Great Britain (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 4:1–6; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Foreign Relations, 3:435–51, 500–12, 521–36; Documents accompanying the Message of the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress, at the Commencement of the First Session of the Twelfth Congress (Washington, D.C., 1811).

1PoC: “and.”

Index Entries

  • butter; sent to TJ search
  • Congress, U.S.; J. Madison’s messages to search
  • Denmark; relations with U.S. search
  • food; butter search
  • Foster, Augustus John; British minister to U.S. search
  • France; and Great Britain search
  • Great Britain; and France search
  • Great Britain; Orders in Council (1807) search
  • Great Britain; TJ on war with search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Opinions on; war with Great Britain search
  • Madison, James; messages to Congress search
  • seeds; timothy search
  • Stuart, Archibald; and timothy seed for TJ search
  • Stuart, Archibald; letters to search
  • Stuart, Archibald; sends butter to TJ search
  • Stuart, Eleanor Briscoe (Archibald Stuart’s wife); and butter for TJ search