Washington. Oct. 12. 07.
I now return you several of Major Newton’s letters some of which have been kept awhile for consideration. it is determined that there shall be no relaxation in the conditions of the Proclamation, nor any change in the rules of intercourse by flag. if the British officers set the example of refusing to recieve a flag, let ours then follow it by never sending or recieving another. the interval cannot now be long in which matters will remain at their present point. I salute you with great friendship & respect.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.