Monticello June 22. 20.
Your letter of May 30. came to hand yesterday. the transactions of which it asks information, are of 40. years date. the crowded scenes thro’ which I have passed within that period, with a memory in the wane of age, have so far obliterated them my mind as to be quite unable to give any account of them which would merit attention. I can only say in general that my best recollections concur with the statement you have sent me from Genl Smith. I think that is accurate. the instruction given by myself as Governor to Dr Walker and Smith I well remember. an apprehension that a peace was patching up in Europe on the principle of Uti possidetis, induced us hastily to ascertain where our boundary struck the Missisipi, and to take possession by a fort which we directed Genl Clarke to build & garrison. more than this my memory does not enable me to say.