Norfolk 4th. Novr. 1807
After dispatching the Survey &c, inclosed to You last night, Comr. Decatur called on me, in bed, and I have declined going to Carolina till the requisition of the Secy. of the Navy is complied with in the most economical way our economical resources will permit.
I shall write You my Sentiments on this subject, at more leisure, & (for the present) I beg the honor of Your Communications to Norfolk. I set off, this Evening, to make arrangements at Kempsville; and tomorrow to Lynhaven to meet Commodr. Decaturs boats at Lynhaven. No time shall be lost which I can help. Be so good as mention this, & me affectionately, to Mr. Gallatin: he and I have none of those bickerings which try the heart & embitter the soul in excercising the duties of patriotism.
I have the honor to be Dr. Sir, Yours
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.