on or before 17 Oct. 1807
Sir, in the sheet received & returned yesterday, I took the liberty of noting with a pencel one word in the sentence relative to all the powers on the Atlantic or Mediterranean,—and a mark applying to the satisfaction demanded from England.
would it not be better to say, to ensure some means of prompt defence,—than to say to ensure us the benifit of early exertions, [. . .] in the last line of the second section of the 2d page of this sheet—will not the expression as it stands indicate the intention of offencive opperating.
Is not the expression in relation to the opperation of the laws, as stated in the first line of the 3d. page, rather stranger than may be necessary. Yours.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.