Mar. 30. 1808.
To the Senate and House of Representatives
of the United States
Since my messages of the 22d. instant letters have been recieved from our Ministers at Paris & London, extracts from which, with a letter to Genl. Armstrong from the french minister of foreign relations, & a letter from the British Envoy residing here, to the Secretary of State, I now communicate to Congress. They add to the materials for estimating the dispositions of those Governments towards this country. the proceedings of both indicate designs of drawing us, if possible, into the vortex of their contests; but every new information confirms the prudence of guarding against these designs, as it does of adhering to the precautionary system hitherto contemplated.
DNA: RG 46—Records of the U.S. Senate.