Memorandum to Thomas Jefferson
[25 October 1804]
|(a)||and which have been encreased by peculiar circumstances in the W. Indn Seas; yet in the more distant channels at least of our trade,1|
|b.||The act authorizes &c provisionally at least—a port &c without the limits of the U. S. The words in ( ) may be left out.|
|c—||(on the part of Spain)|
|d.||(proper to suspend) will according better with the case—as the 6th art. is also made a ground of suspension.|
|e||may reasonably be expected to replace the Spanish Govt. in the disposition which originally concurred in the Convention|
|g||(on proper)—quer if the last circumstance may not be omitted in so general a paragraph—and left either to be includ[e]d in some particular message—or taken up on informl. suggestion|
|h—||quer here as above|
|i.||(effectual) is it not too strong|
and to which peculiar causes have contributed2
RC (DLC: Jefferson Papers). Undated; date assigned here on the basis of Jefferson’s docket: “Departmt. State. recd. Oct. 25. / Message.”
1. For Jefferson’s fourth annual message to Congress, on which JM is commenting, see Ford, Writings of Jefferson description begins Paul Leicester Ford, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (10 vols.; New York, 1892–99). description ends , 8:323–32.
2. JM wrote this line on the verso of the page.