Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert L. Livingston, 11 March 1807

ClerMont 11th. March 1807

Dear Sir

I have the honor to inclose two recpt. of Mr Pugens which I have but latly found; I hope you have been put to no inconvenience by the want of them. I congratulate you upon the final suppression of Burrs projects. One that did not know, as well as I do, his extreme aptitude to flatter himself, would be more asstonished than I am at his attempting with such inadequate means the great objects he had in view. But even with all the allowances which I am ready to make for his sanguine disposition, I cannot conceive that he should have prosecuted them, unless he had ground to hope for some support in our regular army. It was this circumstance alone that ever excited my apprehensions, & it is with the sincerest pleasure, that I find that in this also, he reckoned without his host.

The violences of Genl Wilkinson are greatly to be regretted. Since the information he had, or at least might have had, would have convinced any temperate man that they were totally unnecessary.

The measures, must not only serve to feed those discontents that already exist in the territory of Orleans but perhaps afford pretences for charging us with the violation of the treaty, by which the inhabitants were secured in the enjoyment of the rights of Citizens. May it not be prudent to take measures for meeting any representations which malevolence may make on this subject to the court of France. I congratulate you also on the completion of the treaty with England and I trust it is such as you approve, & above all that it will have no tendency to excite dissatisfaction at St. Clovis where, I confess, in the present state of politics, I think it more important to stand with them with all the rest of Europe, because we have more to hope and fear from it. And knowing, as I do, the temper of the Emperor, I think there is always something to fear from his irritability upon a subject on which he feels his pride so much instrusted.

I have the honor to be Dear Sir With the highest esteem & most respectful attatchment Your Most Ob hum: Sert

Rob R Livingston

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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