Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from George Clinton, 9 July 1807

City of New–York, July 9. 1807.


At a time when the public mind is much agitated by the late daring outrage committed upon one of our frigates, I regret the necessity I feel myself under to apprize you of a new insult offered by His Britannic Majestys Ships of war in an attempt to bring to, the revenue cutter of the port of New York, on board of which I was a passenger from the City of Washington to this place, while within the waters of the Chesapeake. For a particular detail of this transaction I beg leave to refer you to the affidavits of the officers of the cutter which will be herewith transmitted to you, and upon the truth of which the most implicit reliance may be placed. This statement perfectly accords with my recollection of the occurrence, and with the memorandums made at the time. Accept assurances of my high respect,

(signed) Geo. Clinton

DNA: RG 76—Records Relating to International Claims in which the U.S. was a Party.

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