Monthly Archives: October 2021

3.37 – Source Notes



Special thanks to Stacey of the History’s Trainwrecks podcast and Alex for providing the intro quotes and to Alex Van Rose for his audio editing work for this episode!

  • Armstrong, Thom M. Politics, Diplomacy and Intrigue in the Early Republic: The Cabinet Career of Robert Smith 1801-1811. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co, 1991.
  • Beach, Edward L. The United States Navy: 200 Years. New York: Henry Holt & Co, 1986.
  • Bemis, Samuel Flagg. John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1956.
  • Dye, Ira. The Fatal Cruise of the Argus: Two Captains in the War of 1812. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1994.
  • Feldman, Noah. The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President. New York: Random House, 2017.
  • Gallatin, Albert. “To Thomas Jefferson from Albert Gallatin, 2 December 1807,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-6885. [Last Accessed: 7 Oct 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “Proclamation 14—Requiring Removal of British Armed Vessels From United States Ports and Waters, 2 Jul 1807.” Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/202828. [Last Accessed: 26 Sep 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “To George Clinton, 6 July 1807,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-5883. [Last Accessed: 28 Sep 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “Proclamation—Convening an Extra Session of the Congress, 30 Jul 1807.” Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/202905. [Last Accessed: 22 Sep 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “Seventh Annual Message, 27 October 1807.” Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/202886. [Last Accessed: 6 Oct 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “To Albert Gallatin, 3 December 1807,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-6895. [Last Accessed: 22 Sep 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “Special Message, 18 December 1807,” Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/201921. [Last Accessed: 7 Oct 2021]
  • Johnson, David. John Randolph of Roanoke. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2012.
  • Ketcham, Ralph. James Madison: A Biography. Charlottesville, VA and London: University Press of Virginia, 1994 [1971].
  • Landry, Jerry. The Presidencies of the United States. 2017-2021. http://presidencies.blubrry.com.
  • Malone, Dumas. Jefferson the President Second Term, 1805-1809: Jefferson and His Time, Volume Five. Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1974.
  • Malone, Dumas. The Sage of Monticello: Jefferson and His Time, Volume Six. Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1981.
  • McGrath, Tim. James Monroe: A Life. New York: Penguin Random House, 2020.
  • McKee, Christopher. Edward Preble: A Naval Biography, 1761-1807. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996 [1972].
  • Monroe, James. “To James Madison, 8 October 1807,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Madison/99-01-02-2201. [Last Accessed: 3 Oct 2021]
  • Rodney, Caesar Augustus. “To Thomas Jefferson, 24 October 1807,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-6643. [Last Accessed: 5 Oct 2021]
  • Tucker, Spencer C.; and Frank T. Reuter. Injured Honor: The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, June 22, 1807. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996.

Featured Image: “Joseph Bradley Varnum,” courtesy of Wikipedia


3.37 – O Grab Me



Year(s) Discussed: 1806-1808

With a diplomatic resolution to the Chesapeake/Leopard affair looking increasingly unlikely and the threat of war looming, President Jefferson and his administration worked in late 1807 to devise an alternative to war while also preparing for the nation’s defense. Meanwhile, James Monroe’s frustrations continued in London while there was a shift in power in Congress. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

Featured Image: “O Grab Me cartoon” [c. 1807], courtesy of Wikipedia

Intro and Outro Music: Selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band


3.36 – Source Notes



Special thanks to Chris Fernandez-Packham of the Age of Victoria podcast for providing the intro quote and to Alex Van Rose for his audio editing work for this episode!

  • Gaines, William H, Jr. Thomas Mann Randolph: Jefferson’s Son-in-Law. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1966.
  • Giles, William Branch. “To Thomas Jefferson, 6 April 1807,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-5420. [Last Accessed: 31 Aug 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “22 Jan 1807, Message to Congress on the Burr Conspiracy.” Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/202052. [Last Accessed: 1 Sep 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “To James Monroe, 21 March 1807,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-5326. [Last Accessed: 6 Sep 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “To William Branch Giles, 20 April 1807.” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-5478. [Last Accessed: 19 Sep 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “To George Hay, 19 June 1807.” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-5779. [Last Accessed: 19 Sep 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “To George Hay, 4 September 1807,” Founders Online, National Archives, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-6320. [Last Accessed: 18 Sep 2021]
  • Jefferson, Thomas. “Seventh Annual Message, 27 October 1807,” Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, eds. The American Presidency Project. https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/202886. [Last Accessed: 19 Sep 2021]
  • Landry, Jerry. The Presidencies of the United States. 2017-2021. http://presidencies.blubrry.com.
  • Lewis, James E, Jr. The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering the Story of an Early American Crisis. Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017.
  • Linklater, Andro. An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson. New York: Walker Publishing Co, 2009.
  • Lomask, Milton. Aaron Burr: The Conspiracy and Years of Exile, 1805-1836. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1982.
  • Malone, Dumas. Jefferson the President Second Term, 1805-1809: Jefferson and His Time, Volume Five. Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1974.
  • McGrath, Tim. James Monroe: A Life. New York: Penguin Random House, 2020.
  • Smith, Jean Edward. John Marshall: Definer of a Nation. New York: Henry Holt & Co, 1996.
  • Stewart, David O. American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011.
  • Tucker, Spencer C.; and Frank T. Reuter. Injured Honor: The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, June 22, 1807. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996.
  • Wheelan, Joseph. Jefferson’s Vendetta: The Pursuit of Aaron Burr and the Judiciary. New York: Carroll and Graf Publishers, 2005.

Featured Image: “USS Chesapeake” by F Muller [c. early 1900s], courtesy of Wikipedia


3.36 – Trial



Year(s) Discussed: 1806-1807

Little did the Jefferson administration, while preparing to prosecute the former Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr, for treason, that they would be faced at the same time with an external challenge that threatened to plunge the nation into war. In mid-1807, the President, his Cabinet, and the nation were all anxious for the latest information from the Burr trial in Richmond as well as whether Great Britain was truly declaring war on the US following the attack on an American naval vessel off the coast of Virginia. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

Featured Image: “John Marshall” by Rembrandt Peale [c. 1834], courtesy of Wikipedia

Intro and Outro Music: Selections from “Jefferson and Liberty” as performed by The Itinerant Band