Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Wilkinson, 27 March 1807

New Orleans March 27th ‘07


I tresspass this Note on your Time, to inform you that I have strong expectations I shall be able to prove, that Burr sunk his ordnance Boat in the Mississippi near the Bayou Pierre, That He actually seduced a Sergt. Jacob Dunbaugh to defect the Service, who accompanied Him to Natchez & will I hope be in my power in a few Days, and that He corrupted Lt. Jackson & His Garrison at the Chickasaw Bluffs, and had Engaged them to follow Him down the River—I am now making exertions to discover a certain person called Elliott, said to be a half pay British officer, who commanded Burrs ordnance Boat & was in his entire confidence, that of Blennarhassett, Lt. Shaw has I believe secured a Young Man from Kentucky by the name of [. . . .]ly, who says he rode with Col. Burr during the Months of September & October last, and professes to know much of his Correspondence his plans & designs—I hope by the next Mail to be able to furnish you some details—in the mean time & always I am with sincere respect & attachment, Sir Your Obliged & faithful

Ja Wilkinson

Elliott is said to be an Irishman, short & well set and quick in his utterance.

DLC: Burr Conspiracy Collection.

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