Thomas Jefferson Papers

Noah Worcester to Thomas Jefferson, 31 October 1816

From Noah Worcester

Brighton Octo. 31. 1816


As, in pursuing the cause of peace, I make a free use of your name And your writings, it is but just that I should Submit what I publish to your inspection. For this reason I put into the post office directed to you No’s 4 And 5 of the Friend of Peace, And shall now Send No. 6. It is my Aim to be impartial, but I Am liable to misapprehend. If in Any thing I have mistaken your meaning, or said any thing of your opinions which you disapprove, I will thank you to point out my error that I may correct it in a future No.

The friends of Peace multiply, And I have the most perfect confidence that their efforts will not be in vain. I rejoice in considering your name as on the list of my friends in Such a cause. Whatever you may do in its favor will be remembered with gratitude.

I would, Sir, gladly present to the American Philosophical Society a copy of all the No’s of the Friend of Peace, could I be assured that they would be Acceptable, And informed to whom they should be directed.

With great respect.

Noah Worcester

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 21 Nov. 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to John Trumbull, 10 Jan. 1817, on recto and verso; addressed: “Hon. Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Boston, 2 Nov.

The Friend of Peace, no. 6. ([Cambridge, Mass., 1816]; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 9 [no. 488]) contains an article entitled “Interesting Reflections on War, by Mr. Jefferson,” pp. 18–20, wherein Worcester quotes from and comments on a portion of TJ’s letter to Sir John Sinclair of 23 Mar. 1798 (PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 39 vols. description ends , 30:197–209, quote on p. 206).

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