Washington 30th April 1807
Colo. Newton of Norfolk sent to my care a small box which apparently contains green wax or wax candles. It is at my house & was accompanied with a letter which is enclosed. I have written to Govr. Harrison to take every step authorised by the act of last session for the removal of intruders who injure the timber near the saline; & have requested him to state the expense of conveying the salt water by pipes to fuel & to a navigable part of the creek.
Mr Maury the receiver at Mobile resigns as you will perceive by his letter. It is very difficult to obtain any officer there; but the enclosed recommendation of L. Henry deserves notice as great confidence may be placed in T. H. Williams. Yet I would like to have the opinion of the Register Mr Perkins who is detained as witness on Burr’s trial; but I do not know where he is at present.
The enclosed old letter from M. Jones the Register of Kaskaskias was detained somewhere on the road & was received open at the post office here. It contains nothing important; yet names are mentioned which may be useful to the Attorney General.
I forgot to write respecting Gen. Turreau’s application for money transmitted by Mr Madison. Your former order being exhausted I could not make the advance without your authority which if given may refer to the former in which the reasons which induced you to direct a purchase of bills are stated at large. So far as my opinion may be wanted, I think that it would be proper to give this further accommodation which is stated to be the last. Yet I did not like the demand of indemnification on account of the “Impatueax.”
The pressure of business has not yet permitted me to absent myself for a few days.
With sincere attachment and great respect Your obedt. Sevt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.