Washington Mar. 14. 07.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Doctr. Lattimore, and in answer to his letter of the 9th. inst. on the subject of the Act to prevent settlements on the lands of the US. until authorised by law, he assures him that the act will be carried into execution with every indulgence which a fair construction of it’s object shall admit, and a just regard for the private interest of individuals as well as the public shall dictate. he salutes Dr. Lattimore with friendship & respect.
MoSHi: Bixby Collection.