Dec. 18. 06.
Th: J. to mr Gallatin
I inclose you a draught of a Proclamation with an amendment proposed by mr Madison. before I make any alteration I shall be glad of your opinion on the matter. I return the two draughts of letters with an alteration or two proposed to one of them for your consideration. mr Erskine promised to write to Commodore Douglas yesterday on the subject of the Cambrian. he says she is reported as having sprung her bowsprit, & put in on that account. consequently we must let the matter lie till we hear from the Collector.—I have made it a rule not to give up letters of accusation, or copies of them, in any case. it is true that Davies would probably care very little about a copy of his letter being sent to Briggs; yet I should think it sufficient that the heads of accusation have been already furnished to mr Briggs. Affectionate salutations.