Envisaging the West: Thomas Jefferson and the Roots of Lewis and Clark


Letter from James Wilkinson to Thomas Jefferson

James Wilkinson to Thomas Jefferson, November 29, 1800
Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress
James Wilkinson introduces Thomas Jefferson to the work of William Dunbar and offers his own map of the Mississippi Territory.

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City of Washington, Nov. 29th. 1800.


I enclose you a precis of the meterological observations, which, should they be deemed worthy of regard, may I hope be ascribed to the author, the Honble Wiliam Dunbar of the Forest near Natchez.

Some petrefactions, an Indian Knife, & a sketch of the further parts of the Mississippi Territory, are also offered for your amusement, but I must request that no copy of the Sketch may be allowed to be taken, as it is intended to publish a correct map of that & adjacent Spanish Territory.

With the most suportful consideration I have the Honor to be Sir your Obliged & Obt. Servant

Jamie Wilkinson

The Honorable T. Jefferson Esq