Feby. 21. 1807
I received last night the enclosed from Mr. Alston, Burr’s son in law. A violent cold & swelled face prevent my delivering it in person as he had requested. Respectfully Your obedt. Servt.
Would it not be proper to obtain an appropriation for making compensation in the case of provisions seized on the Ohio by militia? There is now an applicant in town. If the War Departmt. has no appropriation applicable to the object, I apprehend Vexatious suits may be brought against the officers; and supposing these to have Somewhat exceeded their instructions yet they should not be punished for their zeal.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.