Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Bernard Peyton, 25 August 1824

Monto Aug. 25. 26.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Saturday the 21st came to me yesterday (Tuesday) evening. and by this day’s mail to Washington I have written to the President and P.M. General, copies of which letters I inclose to you. that to the President is short, because preceding ones on the same subject have been long. you will see that I place the request on ground which must prevail, if I am any thing at Washington. my letters for 2 years back preclude the case of previous engagement. altho’ from what has past, there may have been certain expectations entertained by Preston, yet I have supposed that, if absolute, I should have been told so on former occasions. still, altho’ my hopes are strong, you must not let yours get beyond your philosophy, in the very possible case of a failure. with sincere wishes for your success

I salute you with constant frdship and respect



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