Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Bowdoin, 7 November 1807

Cherbourg Nov. 7th. 1807


Having come here to embark for England on my return to the United States, I became extremely perplexed & embarrassed from an Embargo confined to this Port, in consequence of the intended sailing of a french frigate: The Embargo being laid by the Commissary of the marine, I obtained his permission to hire a vessel to be cleared per the United States, provided she should be put under the escort of the Revenge; this arrangement being understood to have no other effect than to liberate a vessel from a general Regulation for my particular accommodation.—

The Commander of the Revenge Capt. Reid an intelligent & meritorious officer was instrumental to the Arrangement; but fearing lest it might have the appearance of a departure from his instructions & of delaying his passage to the United States, he has requested me to acquaint you with these circumstances.

Dr. Bullus has taken charge of my Letters to you Sir, Mr. Madison & Mr. Gallatin—the Duplicates with one to Gen Dearborn were forwarded some time since by Mr. J. B. Green of Boston via Bordeaux.

Being called upon to embark, I have only time to inform you that I shall have the honour of writing you after my arrival in England, & to subscribe myself with the greatest Respect & attachment.

Sir, Your faithful & most obedient Servant

James Bowdoin.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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