Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Smith, 31 August 1807

Balto. Augt. 31. 1807—


The inclosed just received I hasten to transmit to you. Mr Crowninshield, it seems, is of the opinion that the requisite notice could not be given by one vessel. He perceives great danger in sending a publick vessel to any port where the British are, as suspicions of war might be thus excited among the British—Would there not be the same hazard in sending a publick vessel to the Straits of Sunda, as a British squadron under the command of Sir Edwd. Pellew are at this time cruizing there and off Batavia?

If you should incline to the sending of two private vessels the expences may be defrayed out of the funds appropriated to the State Dept. but I will as usual be happy in executing whatever you may judge the best.

I have received & forward to the Atty. Genl. your interesting Communication to the Secty at war in relation to the Indians—

With great Respect

Rt Smith

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