Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Tatham, 24 August 1807

Kempsville 24th. August 1807.

Dr. Sir.

On the 21st. Instant I was enabled to obtain an ultimate settlement of the accounts for current expences accruing near the British Squadron in the Chesapeak Bay, up to the 14th. Instant, to which time they were rendered:—Seven days delay are therefore unnoticed in the accounts, but I submit it to you whether that addition ought not to be all owed me. The accts. are transmitted to the Secy.—

Norfolk 26th.   Augt. 1807.

Yesterday I was at Lynhaven, 3 Ships & 1 Brig British, at thier usual Moorings: a Brig, from Guernsey, dismasted; is come in; but no appearance or news of a Storm at Sea.—

I have examined Lynhaven R. & its communication to Kempsville on Elizabeth, find much illiberality, some difficulty, & Colol. Newton a great impediment to the public interest herein.—I return to Lynhaven tonight—. expect to be here, on my way to Newbern (whithor direct to me) on Saterday: Shall then write You. In haste for the Mail—

dr. Sir Yrs. truly—

Wm Tatham

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