2 Decer. 1807
Supposing that the power to lay embargoes should be considered as improper to be vested in the President during the session of Congress, how would this plan answer? To “repeal the present non-importation act, & in lieu thereof to pass a general non importation act (from Great Britain) to take place say on 1st Feby. next. This is thrown out for consideration & may be liable to other objections, but might pass the house with more facility than the other plan.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.