on my way home
5th. April 1806.
In my last, I mentioned Dr. Speed of Natchez as a person to whom you might confide any letter for me.—He is gone to New Orleans. Samuel Postlethwait, merchant of Natchez I would name in his place: but dont let your hand or name appear on, or in the cover. If you know the Govr. very intimately, he might afford a more eligible conveyance.
One thing I omitted to suggest to you tho no doubt it has occurred to you ’ere this—that is, the propriety of Gen. Dearborne & the ministers suspending all enquiry relative to the subject of my letters untill I return. A contrary course might defeat all my efforts and much expose my person.
I am Sir very respectfully Yo mo obedt Servant
J. H. Daveiss
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.