Washington Apl. 24. 1807
Your favor of the 21. with the letters returned under the same cover was recd. last night. As you had not then recd. the last letters from Mr. G. & myself on the modified proposal to disuse B. Seamen, I shall wait the arrival of your next before I conclude on the instructions which are to go by the Wash. I find by the accts. from Bermuda, that the mere difficulty which suspends the Treaty is becoming a motive or protest with both Courts & Cruizers for worrying our commerce.
A late arrival from London presents a very unexpected scene at St. James’s. Should the resolution stated actually take place in the Cabinet, it will subject our affairs there to new calculations. On one hand the principles and dispositions of the new Ministry portend the most imfriendly course. On the other hand their feeble and tottering situation, and the force of their ousted rivals, who will probably be more explicit in maintaining the value of a good understanding with this Country, can not fail to inspire caution. It may happen also that the new Cabinet will be less averse to a tabula rasa for a new adjustment, that those who framed the instrument to be superseded; or if the intruders should be driven out as soon as is possible the exiles may return into the negociation with us, more committed, in favor of the Policy from which its success must proceed.
I send herewith a Copy of a pamphlet by the author of war in disguise. I have read a part of it only, which does not altogether support the reputation of his pen. The work must nevertheless be interesting. He has seized the true secrets of the omnipotence of the French arms, and so far enforces a good lesson on the organization of our Militia. I inclose also the Trial of Sr. H. Popham, which discloses some political secrets, which will reward your perusal of it. The passport for Niemcewicz will go by the mail of this evening. Yrs. always with respectful attachment
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.