Dept. of State, Novr. 20th. 1807.
I have received your letter of the 5, Octr. on the subject of the assylum given to fugitive Slaves in the province of Tackus, and in a communication to the Chev. de Foronda, I have invited his interposition towards the surpression of the practice. In order to effect this on one side you have justly supposed it proper that there should be a correspondent provision on both. And as the best mode of guarding the proceedings on yours against difficulties of every sort, the President conceives they ought to be authorised by a law of the Territory, which it is presumed the Legislature will not hesitate to pass for an object so interresting to its Constituents. I am &c.
DNA: RG 59—DL—Domestic Letters.