Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Tatham, 7 November 1807

Lynhaven Inlet Novr. 7th. 1807.

Dr Sir.

My last (4th. instant) advised You that I had consented, at Commodore De’Catur’s request, to proceed on the Survey requisite to satisfy the requisitions of the Navy; and I expect to be farther informed on that head; as they certainly do not expect to make me a [s]econd in the business. I have stipulated for the same terms as in the Coast Survey in Carolina, & the same motives which prompt me to Suspend my private concerns, at some risque, in this case, induce me also to transmit to You the inclosed Memorandum.

There is a Seventy four under sail in the Bay, which I take to be the Triumph; & the Ship I last mentioned is where she then was, but seems to have a list as if she touched the ground.

I have the honor to be Sir Yr. H Servt

Wm Tatham

PS. I am willing to revive My proposition reported April 1st. 1806.—& neglected last year through Mr. Randolph’s [. . .]tion—

DNA: RG 45--Miscellaneous Letters Received by the Secretary of the Navy.

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