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Collection Reference Number GLC03084
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1813 
Title Thomas Jefferson to John Devereux DeLacy regarding inland navigation and defending Chesapeake Bay
Date 23 July 1813
Author Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)  
Recipient DeLacy, John Devereux  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Incomplete. Lined verso. The third line up from the end lacks the line "power. There is a proposition now pending in Congress for an amendment" supplied by the polygraph copy at the Library of Congress. De Lacy came from Charleston, S.C. Most of Jefferson's letter concerns the possibility of stationing warships at Lynnhaven ("Lynhaven") Bay at the mouth of the Chesapeake. Jefferson says that he suggested a canal between Lynhaven River to East River, to allow communication between the Chesapeake and its inner waters near Norfolk. (President Madison rejected the suggestion.) Jefferson concludes that the canal (which was not built) could only be made as a military work, not for navigation.
Subjects President  Military History  War of 1812  Canals  Navy  Global History and Civics  
People Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)  Madison, James (1751-1836)  DeLacy, John Devereux (fl. 1813)  
Place written Monticello, Virginia
Theme The Presidency; War of 1812; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Notes: Not in Bergh or Ford. Text losses supplied in angled brackets from polygraph copy at the Library of Congress. The first line of the bottom third of the letter has been lost; the later note supplies some of the lost text. Jefferson had earlier suggested a Lynnhaven canal in a May 21 letter to Madison (Ford 9: 381-84) which the President rejected in a June 6 response as ineffective against the British warships in the Chesapeake. Malone, Sage of Monticello, p. 114.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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