Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Logan, 7 April 1806

Apr. 7. 1806.

Th: Jefferson presents his salutations to Doctr. Logan and returns him the book he was so kind as to lend him, as also mr Dickinson’s letter, with thanks for the perusal of them. nobody’s judgment is entitled to more respect than mr Dickinson’s when truly informed of facts, nor does any body respect it more than Th:J. but he seems to have been uninformed of the only fact which obliged us to take serious ground, her refusal to pay the spoliations for which she had agreed she was responsible had she agreed to pay these, altho we should have pressed her to settle the boundaries of Louisiana, yet if she chose to decline it, we should have left the thing to take it’s natural course, as the collision of settlements could not have failed soon to render a settlement as desirable to her as to us. but refusing to pay the Spoliations we were bound to lay it before Congress, and according to the usage of nations, when forced to come forward with one complaint, all others must be brought forward at the same time, or they are considered as abandoned. mr Dickerson’s ideas respecting the acquisition of Florida are certainly sound. the present exertions to obtain Florida and fix an unsettled belt between Spain & us on our Western confines, have in view the removal of all grounds of misunderstanding with that nation to a very distant period. Th:J. wishes health & happiness to Dr. Logan.


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