New York 20th. May 1806.
I enclose you a copy of a letter I received from Captain Whitby, on the 7th. instant, the day after the publication of the President’s Proclamation. The letter of the Commandant of Fort Jay will sufficiently refute the falsehood to which it refers.
I also transmit cop⟨ies⟩ of certain affidavits taken before me.
Shortly after the receipt of Captain Whitbys letter I called on the British Consul General to know whether he was the medium of communication, but I did not find him at home, and the hurry of business has prevented my seeing him. I strongly suspect that it was transmitted through him.
I have the honor &c.
(signed) De Witt Clinton
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.