Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Tatham, 26 December 1806

Mr. O’Neals West Market. 26th. Decr. 1806.

Dr. Sir

In consequence of your enquiry of me yesterday, touching the chase of the French Ship by Three Brittish Frigates, I have asked my servant (Joseph Harrison, a Black man of very exemplary truth integrity & confidence) what he reccolects of the circumstances involved in your question.

We were four or five nights at Church’s Island, opposite the place where the Ship was burnt, and I flatter myself he has noticed a sufficiency to lead to the important proof you desire. Joe will answer any questions you think proper to put in this particular; and if my going there as soon as I can be spared, or sending Joe as an express to Mr. White (the respectable old man I mentioned) will be desireable to Government, I have to repeat, my old established maxim, that all shall be done which I have power over, at the call of my Country; and I have the highest confidence you will attain the testimony you wish, in either case.—I have instructed my servant to wait your answer, & obey your commands.—

I have the honor to be Sir Yr. Obt H. St.

Wm Tatham

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