Thomas Jefferson Papers

"A Bond Street Lounger" to Thomas Jefferson, 31 August 1811

From “A Bond Street Lounger”

Augt 31st 1811


The letter of Mr Secy Smith (lately published) has fully exposed the diabolical views, & Strange fallacy of the democrats of America in fine the above letter will do more for the Cause of Federalism than all their own writers Combined could have done—to use a Cant & Vulgar phrase “when theives fall out, honest Men Come by their own”—the above speaks more than volumes—in fine you must Shrink from the present high tone towards us or your demo. govt will fall—mark these words— a few Lectures from Sir Joseph will settle the business—You will find that you have Neither energy nor Strength to support your [. . .].

Yr frd

a Bond Street Lounger

My Compts to the official Lyar. or liar. the gallant Commodore/ The Nelson of America—

RC (DLC); one word illegible; addressed: “The Honble Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked New York, 20 Sept.; endorsed by TJ as an anonymous letter “(from Engld)” received 26 Sept. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

sir joseph Yorke commanded a British squadron that was wrongly thought to be bound for American waters (Philadelphia Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser, 30 Aug., 21 Oct. 1811). bond street: part of the fashionable shopping district located in London’s West End. The gallant commodore was John Rodgers (note to James Madison to TJ, 7 June 1811).

Index Entries

  • Address to the People of the United States (R. Smith) search
  • anonymous correspondence; letters from search
  • Bond Street (London) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; anonymous letters to search
  • Nelson, Horatio, Viscount; compared to American commodore search
  • Robert Smith’s Address to the People of the United States (Smith) search
  • Rodgers, John; American naval commander search
  • Smith, Robert; Robert Smith’s Address to the People of the United States search
  • Yorke, Sir Joseph Sydney; commands naval squadron search
  • “A Bond Street Lounger”; criticizes U.S. search
  • “A Bond Street Lounger”; letters from search