Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, 5 March 1806

Now at Frankfort 5 March 1806


The post has arrived but brings no letter from you. Can it be possible that my two letters of the 10th of January & 10th of February have miscarried.

If either has failed, every further attempt of mine will be abortive. I pray you inform me only of this point, by a letter to me at the Yellow Banks post office, without delay, for I am now determined to raise money upon my own credit and pursue my enquiries into this matter:—confident that if my government will give me no aid, it will throw no obstacles in my way. If you deem my information too trivial to be noticed by the cheif of a great nation, you will surely nevertheless, be just enough to me, to keep it inviolably secret till I return from my present pursuit. Every day gives me new causes to confide in the justness of my impressions and opinions in this matter and to make it more probable, that to this source is to be traced the eagerness of the spaniards for war.

This day I have seen the very man through whom Wilkinson for a long time carried on his correspondence with the spanish government clandestinely—and he knows of philip Nolan, the great horse trader, bringing several cags of dollars to fort Washington for that gent. But this gent. my informant will not suffer his name to be mentioned: so the information cant assume the shape of legal evidence, altho it may serve to satisfy your mind. The man I know for many years: his integrity is wholly unquestionable.

I am Sir very respectfully yo mo ob Sert

J. H. Daveiss.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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