Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Henry Wheaton, 5 July 1812

To Henry Wheaton

Monticello July 5. 12


Of the pamphlets on the claim of Edward Livingston to the Batture at New Orleans I have but a single copy left. I had printed on my own account a copy for every member of Congress, which was accordingly laid on the1 desk of each, and about 70. others which I distributed among my friends and others to whom I thought they might be acceptable; so that I have but the single one left which I reserved for myself. the printer, mr Sargeant of N. York was not restrained from printing any Extra number he might chuse. possibly therefore a copy might be got from him. as it was meant as a public justification of the conduct of the Executive in that case, no copy right was given to any body. with my regret at my inability to fulfil your request accept the assurance of my respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNPM: Wheaton Papers); at foot of text: “Henry Wheaton esq.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

1Reworked from “their.”

Index Entries

  • Congress, U.S.; TJ’s batture pamphlet sent to search
  • Sargeant, Ezra; prints batture pamphlet search
  • The Proceedings of the Government of the United States, in maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi, Adjacent to New-Orleans, against the Intrusion of Edward Livingston (Thomas Jefferson); TJ distributes remaining copies search
  • Wheaton, Henry; and TJ’s batture pamphlet search
  • Wheaton, Henry; letters to search