Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Sumter, Sr., 17 September 1804

Stateburgh 17th. Sepr. 1804

Dear Sir

it is a considerable time Since, I rece’d yours respecting Mr. Fitzpatrick, knowing Col. Hampton Would immediately Give, all the inform, that could be collected, in this Quarter: in regard, to the Situation, & Veiws of this Gentleman, & as an oppertunity then offered by a Gentn. Just going to the Missisipi teritory I thought proper, through him, to endeavour to obtain a declaration from Mr. Fk. on this Subject, in Which however, I have been Disapointed, the Gentn. has returned—Without having Seen, or heard, directly, from him—consequently Sir, I cannot give any Satisfactory information on the business—My opinion is, that he will, Without hesitation accept the place offered—

The Season has been the Most Ireguler & disastrous, ever experienced in the Southeren States, insomuch as to produce Serious, & indeed, aflicting Consequences, among the Greater part of the Inhabitance.

Probably you have heard, the V—Pt—.is at St. Simons Island—So. part, of Geoa.—it is expected he Will Shortly, be, on, his way. to Washn., that is, if he survived, the Storm the Voilence, of Which, was exceedingly Great, on that part of the Cost—

the admirers of War & Carnage, among us here, are delighted With the aledged Prospect of a rupture—With the Court of Madrid, &c—

I am Dear Sir, With the highest respect your obt Servt

Thos. Sumter

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