24 Dec. 1807 (rec’d)
John Cockle is indebted to U.S. for revenue bonds. His sureties in Charleston have been sued & judgment obtained. They have requested that Govt. should stop payment on Louisiana bills drawn in his favour. He has removed to New Jersey & wants us to pay his bills & to recover the money from his sureties, or rather to give up the debt on various frivolous pretexts. He has been answered in full two or three times. But I have not answered his last letter. The bills have never been presented for payment, & I do not know whether they are in his hands.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.