Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Thomson Callender, 21 April 1800

From James Thomson Callender

Richmond April 21. 1800.


I inclose two newspapers. I mean to go to Petersburg in 8 or 10 days to begin printing Part 2d of Prospect.

We shall have a long article in The Republican on Thursday next.

I hope you will excuse this freedom, and I am Sir Your humble sevt

Jas. T. Callender

P.S. I thought it but justice to send Mr. Adams, under a blank cover, a copy of my address to the Public

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 26 Apr. but recorded in SJL at 25 Apr. 1800. Enclosures not found.

In his Address to the public dated 8 Apr., which appeared in the Richmond Examiner on the 8th and 11th, Callender responded to criticism of The Prospect Before Us in the Federalist newspapers and criticized policies of the Adams administration. He centered his attack against Adams around the bill before Congress, which gave the president an allowance to defray the expense of moving his household to Washington, calling it a “swindling, by which the people of America must be robbed of twenty, thirty, or fifty thousand additional dollars.” By posing questions Callender excoriated: “Is it because Mr Adams has heaped so many thousands of dollars upon his own son, that we are to be at such an exorbitant expense about him and his furniture?”; “Is it because his janisaries flogged Schneider, or is it because Jefferson’s letters are broken up at the post office?”; “Shall we purchase this furniture because the president kept Talleyrand’s mendicant dispatches for peace ninety days in his pocket?”

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