Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Lee, 17 May 1805

United States Consulate
Bordeaux May 17th 1805


When the reputation of an officer of the United States is unjustly attacked, it is a duty he owes the Government and himself to vindicate his character. How far I have succeeded in this particular the annexed correspondence will shew. I beg leave Sir with great deference to lay it before you reposing the utmost confidence in that justice which so eminently distinguishes your administration.—

With the highest Veneration I have the honor to remain Your devoted humble Servant.

Wm. Lee

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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