Thomas Jefferson Papers

Hugh Nelson to Thomas Jefferson, 1 January 1812

From Hugh Nelson

Washington Jany 1. 1812

Dear Sir

Your favour of the 28h Ulto was receivd this morning. I must apologise for the liberty of detaining your manuscript so long: but it was done upon the presumption that you wou’d not want it, during its detention; and that if any effort shou’d be made in Congress a recurrence to the manuscript wou’d be of importance to myself, in combating Mr L—s pretension before the legislature of the Nation. I shall return to Albemarle for a few days, as soon as we dispose of the Bills now before us, for military preparations: This will be effected I think in a very few days. As I do not think it quite wise to trust the Book to the mail: I will venture to detain it until I return. It gives me pleasure to learn that this work will be laid before the public: I must state that I have found some misconceptions relating to this Question, prevailing here: which I am sure, the examination of the question made by yourself, published, wou’d dispel. Mr L— and his friends have been active, I doubt not, in propagating crises and impositions on this Subject. These will be certainly removed by the publication of the Work—

accept my assurance of great respect and friendship

Hugh Nelson

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Jan. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

The pretension was Edward Livingston’s claim to the batture at New Orleans. On 11 Jan. 1812 President James Madison signed a bill to raise an additional military force (U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States . . . 1789 to March 3, 1845, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:671–4).

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