Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 5

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Author: Thomas Jefferson

To Colonel Uriah Forrest.

PARIS, CUL-DE-SAC-TETEBOUT,

October 20th, 1784. Sir,—I received yesterday your favor of the 8th instant, and this morning went to Auteuil and Passy, to consult with Mr. Adams and Dr. Franklin on the subject of it. We conferred together, and think it is a case in which we could not interpose (were there as yet cause for interposition), without express instructions from Congress. It is, however, our private opinion, which we give as individuals only, that Mr. McLanahan, while in England, is subject to the laws of England; that, therefore, he must employ counsel, and be guided in his defense by their advice. The law of nations, and the treaty of peace, as making a part of the law of the land, will undoubtedly be under the consideration of the judges who pronounce on Mr. McLanahan’s case; and we are willing to hope, that in their knowledge and integrity, he will find certain resources against injustice, and a reparation of all injury to which he may have been groundlessly exposed. A final and palpable failure on their part, which we have no reason to apprehend, might make the case proper for the consideration of Congress.

I have the honor to be, with sentiments of great respect and esteem, for Mr. McLanahan, as well as yourself, Sir, your most obedient humble servant.

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Chicago: Thomas Jefferson, "To Colonel Uriah Forrest.," Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 5 in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 5 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.1-2 Original Sources, accessed August 21, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PW9FI4BQ13U3RDR.

MLA: Jefferson, Thomas. "To Colonel Uriah Forrest." Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 5, in Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 5 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.1-2, Original Sources. 21 Aug. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PW9FI4BQ13U3RDR.

Harvard: Jefferson, T, 'To Colonel Uriah Forrest.' in Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 5. cited in , Thomas Jefferson, the Writings of Jefferson: Monticello Edition, Vol. 5 (Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904-1905), Pp.1-2. Original Sources, retrieved 21 August 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PW9FI4BQ13U3RDR.