Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Clinton, 9 July 1807

City of New York July 9th 1807.

Dear Sir,

I thank you for your very obliging Letter of the 6th. Instant and for your kind congratulations upon the arrival of myself and Daughter at this place.

Agreably to your request I have directed the Collector to have the Affidavits of the Officers of the revenue Cutter taken respecting the transaction to which your Letter relates and to transmit them to you by the present Mail—I have thought it most adviseable to mention the Insult generally in my Letter, referring to the Affidavits for a particular detail of the transaction which I hope will be equally satisfactory with the Mode suggested by you especially as I therein vouch for the Truth of those depositions; by this Manner of conducting the Business it will appear that the Occurence has been communicated without any Interposition of the executive which wou’d perhaps be most agreable & best.

It is with pleasure I mention that the Measures understood to be adopted by the Administration in consequence of the late Outrage on our Frigate and particularly your proclamation meet with general Approbation. American Federalists appear cordially to unite with the republicans on this occasion. To the Tories or British Federalists this is a mortifying circumstance as they cannot but perceive that in Case of War they will be deserted by their electioneering Allies and left to shift for themselves. I now wait here only for the arrival of General Dearbon—With great Isteem & respect I am yours sincerely

Geo: Clinton

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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