The Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson
FOREIGN RELATIONS / BRITAIN / WAR
I have little to add to my letter of June. We have entered Upper
Canada, and I think there can be no doubt of our soon having in our
possession the whole of the St. Lawrence except Quebec. We have at
this moment about two hundred privateers on the ocean, and numbers
more going out daily. It is believed we shall fit out about a thousand
in the whole. Their success has been already great, and I have no
doubt they will cut up more of the commerce of England than all the
navies of Europe could do, could those navies venture to sea at all.
You will find that every sea on the globe where England has any
commerce, and where any port can be found to sell prizes, will be
filled with our privateers.
to Thaddeus Kosciusko, 6 August 1812