James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Thomas Jefferson, [ca. 2 December] 1805

From Thomas Jefferson

[ca. 2 December 1805]

As we omit in the 2d. message to enumerate the aggressions of Spain & refer for them to the documents, we must furnish the documents for every act, particularly

1. The capture of the Huntress
2. The carry ing our gunboats into Algesiras
5 3. The late depredations on our commerce in Europe. Extracts from Pinckney’s letters
⟨3⟩ 4. Oppressions on our commerce at Mobille
⟨2⟩ 5. Delays in the evacuation of N.Orleans
5 6. Dissemination of rumors of the probable restoration of Louisiana to Spain.
7. The new post taken on the bay of St. Bernard.
8. The reinforcement of Nacogdoches
9. The robbery near Apelousa
10. that at Bayou Pierre
11. The Patroles established on this side Sabine
5 12. The aggression on the Missisipi territory in the case of the Kempers.
⟨5⟩. 13 The subsequent one in the case of Flan.a.gen and his wife
⟨5⟩. 14. The negociation at Madrid.
No. 1.2. from the Navy department
7: from the War office
4.5.6. from the offices both of War and state from the office of state.1

RC (DNA: RG 59, ML); FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers). RC in Jefferson’s hand. Undated; conjectural date assigned based on the docket “file Dec. 2. 1805” in an unidentified hand and on Wagner’s docket: “President’s list of documents for 1st. session of Congress of 1805.” Unaddressed; conjectural addressee assigned based on Jefferson’s direction at the head of FC: “ThoJ. to mr. Madison.” Parts of words in angle brackets in the RC have been supplied from the FC. Minor differences between the copies have not been noted.

1For the documents concerning U.S. relations with Spain assembled and sent to Congress on 10 Dec. 1805, see ASP, Foreign Relations, description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States… (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends 2:669–95.

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