Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Cockle, 14 September 1804

New York Septemr. 14 1804

Respected Sir

Particular Circumstances & those of a most delicate nature. the Support of an Amiable Wife with two Children will I presume Serve as a Sufficient appology for the liberty I take in asking of you Such information as you may chuse to bestow on the subject of that part of the late Treaty with France. touching the Claims recognised & for which provision was made by Congress at the last Session—

I have one that the Treaty in the first article Embraces & I Wish to know of you Sir whether any & what orders were given to Genl Armstrong to immediately put an End to this hidious & ruinous business—I have been waiting in anxious Expectations to receive my bills agreeable thereto, this long time. I have been informed that Mr Livingston had resolved not to proceed untill he had the Opinion & direction of the President of the U.S. how to act—If I have deviated from the proper line of requiring information of the President he will I presume ascribe it not to improper motives of respect—

With Sentiments of the most perfect Consideration, I have the Honor to be Sir your very Hble Servant

Jno Cockle

DNA: RG 76—Records Relating to International Claims in which the U.S. was a Party.

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