Department of State Novr. 11th. 1806
Mr. Clinton, the Mayor of New York, having understood that Capt. Whitby has stated that he is in possession of an affidavit tending to shew that the place where Pierce was killed last spring by a shot from the Leander was not within the jurisdiction of the United States, has furnished the inclosed documents to set the matter in a clear light. I have the honor to be &c.
DNA: RG 59—IM—Instructions to Ministers.