Balto. 24th. August 1807
On the other Side I have taken leave to send you a Condemnation under a principle entirely novel—the same Judge has lately Condemned a Brigt. of mine the Eutaw from Batavia to Baltimore,—because that she did not go direct to Batavia from Balto.—but went first from thence to Smyrna and thence to Batavia—every Voyage being illegal between a Neutral & an Enemies Colony (agreeably to his Law) that does not Commence in the Neutral Country & proceed direct to and return direct back,—you will remark that those Condemnations are both Novel none such having taken place prior to the Signing of the late Treaty in London—and you will remark that those Condemnations are in exact Conformity with that Treaty the 1st article—Are they by Instructions putting in force the Treaty?—
Your friend & Servt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.