New orleans April 15th. AD 1807
it is verry molonkolly to Think that such An inferrar Raskal as Wm. Lee should be Councill. 1st. the said Joshua Clark & David Egbert belonged to A ship for 18 monts & the Councill Let the Go & Leave them in Bordeaux without Cloaths or money which the said Clarkes weidges were 380 Dollars and the said Egberts were about 427 Dollars. the imprisonment in that place is un expresible Cruel 1 Lb of Bred per. Day is all that Is alowd.
There was A ship Called the James Hederson the People were on 20 Dollars per. month but was put in prison to that Degree that they were obledged to reduce ther weidges from 30$ Down to 12 & sign New artikels there—was No other remidy Oh the Bitter Grones of hangary mouth’s in Bordeaux Prison would bring teers from the Hart of A stone mr Jefferson I hope you will take this in Concideration & Say it before the houss of Commons & the Gentlemen there of it verry Likely that mr. Lee will Not Continue Councill any Longer for he is murdering the Poor Americans
A True republican
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.