Washington Mar. 10. 07.
On recieving on a former occasion your explanation of the transaction between the Navy department & yourself, and supposing it possible that you might have been injured through error, I had the case reconsidered by the proper authorities. on that reconsideration they have concluded a second time either that no injury had been done you, or that it’s remedy was beyond the Executive power, & consequently beyond mine. it is impossible to propose a third examination by the same authorities, because every thing must find an end somewhere, & this case has had it’s full course through the Executive offices. whether it be a proper one for the legislature themselves must determine. I return you the papers you inclosed as they may be useful to you. Accept my salutations & good wishes.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.