Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Stokely, 2 December 1807

Dec. 2. 1807.

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to mr Stokely and recommends to him to apply at the Secretary of State’s office for a Passport as a citizen of the US. which will be given him under the seal of the US. signed by the Secretary of State. this seems to be the only regular document which can be given to answer his purpose, & will sufficiently guard him against the suspicion of being a British emissary. it’s date too, being posterior to the arraignment of Burr, will be presumptive negative evidence of his not being one of his partisans. he wishes him a safe & agreeable journey.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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