Balt. Sep. 9. 1805
You will herewith receive the despatches lately received by me from the Medn.
To gratify publick anxiety and to give publick opinion the proper direction I have conceived it expedient to publish certain parts of these despatches. Not having seen the communications from Col Lear I would not form an Opinion upon the Treaty. But I must say I had expected a Treaty of a different Character. And informed as I now am, I wish that such a peace had not been made. However it is possible their better knowledge of the Condition of our Captive Countrymen may have induced them to accede to such terms.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.