Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George III, 12 May 1806

12 May 1806

Great and Good Friend,

In order to confirm between your Majesty and the United States of America perfect harmony and a good correspondence, and to remove all grounds of dissatisfaction by a friendly discussion and final adjustment, I have appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate of the United States, James Monroe, now our Minister Plenipotentiary to your Majesty and William Pinkney, one of our distinguished citizens, to be Commissioners Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary for settling all matters of difference relative to wrongs committed between the parties on the high seas or other waters and for establishing the principles of navigation and commerce between them. From the knowledge I have of the fidelity, probity and good conduct of these Commissioners, I have entire confidence that they will render themselves acceptable to your Majesty in this charge. I therefore beseech your Majesty to give full credence to whatever they shall say on the part of the United States, and most of all when they shall assure you of our friendship and wishes for your prosperity. And I pray God to have your Majesty in his safe and holy keeping.

Written at the City of Washington the twelfth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Six. Your Good Friend

Th: Jefferson

By the President

James Madison

Secretary of State.

NjP: Pinkney Papers.

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