Washington Oct. 18. 05
Immediately on the reciept of your letter I had enquiry made at the Treasury office into the nature of the obstacles to the paiment of your claim. I inclose you the answers I recieved, by which you will percieve that, bound as we all are by the laws, as they exist, the legislature alone is competent to do you justice. I am sorry it is not in my power to point out a shorter remedy. Accept my salutations & respects
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.