New York October 1. 1800
The time which has elapsed since my letter of the first of August <
last> was delivered to you precludes the further expectation of an answer.
From this silence, I will draw no inference; nor will I presume to judge of the fitness of silence on such an occasion, on the part of the Chief Magistrate of a Republic, towards a citizen, who without a stain has discharged so many important public trusts.
But thus much I will affirm, that by whomsoever a charge of the kind mentioned in <
the> my former letter may, at any time, have been made or insinuated against me, it is a base wicked and cruel calumny; destitute even of a plausible pretext to excuse the folly or mask the depravity which must have dictated it.
With due respect I have the / honor to be Sir / Your obedt servt
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