22 Dec 1807
It is not very desirable that the news of the Embargo should reach foreign ports with extraordnry. dispatch. But if the permission must be granted; there is no restriction absolutely necessary except that the vessels shall take no cargo; for wh. purpose bonds may be taken from the owners & master, and an inspector placed on board till departure. It may however be proper to limit also to each diplomatic agent the number of vessels & the time of departure. I think that 3 vessels to each of the Spanish, French, & English would be sufficient; and 2 to each of the Swedes, Danes, Holland, & Portugal, ministers. Submitted
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.