Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 22 December 1807

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

A. G.

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