Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to David Austin, 21 January 1802

To David Austin

Washington Jan. 21. 1802.


Having daily to read voluminous letters & documents for the dispatch of the public affairs, your letters have consumed a portion of my time which duty forbids me any longer to devote to them. your talents as a divine I hold in due respect: but of their employment in a political line I must be allowed to judge for myself, bound as I am to select those which I suppose best suited to the public service. of the special communications to you of his will by the supreme being, I can have no evidence, and therefore must ascribe your belief of1 them to the false perceptions of your mind. it is with real pain that I find myself at length obliged to say in express terms what I had hoped you would have inferred from my silence. Accept of my respects & best wishes.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The revd. David Austin.”

1Preceding three words interlined.

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