Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Charles Holt, 23 November 1810

To Charles Holt

Monticello1 Nov. 23. 10.


I have duly recieved your favor of the 25th Ult. & thank you for it’s kind expressions towards myself personally, as well as for the proposition of sending me a copy of your paper. I am now at that period of life when tranquility, and a retirement from the passions which disturb it, constitute the summum bonum. always anxious for the freedom & prosperity of our country, I still trust it with confidence to the hands it is in. they are equally wise and honest: and I withdraw myself from the conflicts of party, & even the knolege of them. I therefore scarcely read a newspaper, except a single one of my own state, whose local concerns affect me immediately; and I am more disposed to withdraw my reading, even from these, than to extend it to those more distant. I remember too well the principles and intrepidity of the Bee in the gloomy days of terrorism, to entertain any doubt on the principles of your present paper. but I wish at length to indulge myself in more favorite reading, in Tacitus & Horace, and the writers of that philosophy which is the old man’s consolation & preparation for what is to come. accept the tribute of that approbation so justly due to the labors of the Bee, and the assurances of my esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); at foot of text: “Mr Charles Holt.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

1Manuscript: “Montiello.”

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  • Holt, Charles; and N.Y.Daily Columbian search
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