Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 3 June 1808

Monticello June 3. 08.

Dear Sir

Yours by yesterday’s mail is recieved & I now return Pinckney’s & Graham’s letters. I thought it best to forward the passport for Hill’s vessel to mr Graham direct lest it should lose a post by going in to Montpelier. with mr Grymes’s request of a vessel I can do nothing till further advised. the application is new, and I think unnecessary, as I presume the trade to N.O. is sufficiently open to furnish vessels, under mr Gallatin’s circular orders of May 20. allowing vessels to depart with provisions not exceeding of the amount of their bond. the honest merchant has no objection to enlarge his bond in proportion as the temptation of foreign prices is enlarged.   I shall be with you possibly on Tuesday, but more probably on Wednesday, if not before 3. aclock, then certainly not till the evening. I salute you with constant affection & respect.

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of James Madison.

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