Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Hay, 20 April 1821

Monticello April 20. 21.

Dear Sir

I recieved yesterday your favor of the 14th inclosing a paragraph cut from a newspaper, imputing to me expressions of opinion in the difference existing between the high authorities of the state of New York. be assured, Sir, that I have never uttered such expressions, nor even presumed to form an opinion on the case. I have the highest regard for all the parties: I have considered theirs as a family difference, and duly respected the honesty of their conflicting opinions. but I have read nothing on the subject, neither the report of the joint committee which you mention, nor the documents on either side. indeed I withdraw so entirely from what is passing generally, that I read but a single newspaper, & that of my own state, and whenever in that anything on this particular subject, or polemical of any other kind, meets my eye, I pass it over, unread, as not within my concern.

I thank you for the occasion given of correcting an unkind attempt to compromit me in a case into which I never presumed to intrude an opinion, & I salute you with great friendship & respect

Th: Jefferson

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