Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Smith, 2 February 1807

Washington Feby. 2d. 1807—


As I become more & more convinc’d of the necessity of giving you information from every quarter of the union, I beg leave to subjoin an extract from a letter Just received from Greenville Mississippi Territory under date of the 6th ultimo—

“We have had a considerable alarm of late concerning Col. Burr & his intended expedition, but I believe it will evaporate in smoke. We want a good Judge Appointed in our Territory. Peter Brian Bruan is by no means a proper person, for he is always drunk when he can get any thing to drink. The last Supreme Court that was held in Washington, I was told by incontestable evidence, that he was drunk every day of the Court & some times took a nap on the Bench

Nathan Kempers trial has not yet come on But Reuben Kempers did at the last term & was allowed $6,000 damages against Horton for taking him some time ago to deliver up to the Spaniards—This will set him a float again.”

I am Sir very respectfully & faithfully yours &c

John Smith (Ohio)

DNA: RG 59—LAR—Letters of Application and Recommendation.

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