Liverpool 13 Sepr 1824.
My dear Sir
I cannot hope that you will in the slightest degree remember me, but recollecting with lively sentiment of pleasure your kind attention to me, when I had the gratification of spending a day at Monticello in the summer of 1820, I take the liberty of requesting your acceptance of Two Vols of “Letters from North America” which I have induced (though reluctantly) to publish, by circumstances stated in the Preface—
I am very Conscious of their [. . .] pretensions, but I hope they will have no tendency at all events, to encrease those unhappy prejudices, which have too long prevailed on both sides of the Water, & which are in a great measure to be attributed to the unprincipled proceedings of English Travellers & Journalists—
You wil observe—if you ever happen to cast yr eye over these Volumes, that I have suppressed the particulars of my very interesting conversation with you. If I had had time, after I was compelled to entertain the idea of publication, I might perhaps have solicited yr. permission to publish part of it at least. It related to conduct of the British Govt towards America. & the sentiments of yourself & the other Presidents towards Gr. Britain during yr respective Administrations & the degree of misconception which had existed in the British Cabinet on the subject.
I often think with great interest of the College which was springing up under yr auspices & within sight of yr House . A few days since a Gentleman who was considering an offer made to him of the Greek Professorship called to ask me a little about the situation & yesterday he returned to tell me that he had decided to go.
I sincerely hope that you will see Mr Stanley while in your Country. There are very few young statesmen in this Country, from whom more is expected— & visiting the U.S. as he does with an enlarged, liberal & well furnished mind, & an earnest desire to profit by the advantages he wil derive from a near inspection of the results of your fine Institutions, I think we are justified in Anticipating —not only the dispersion of much of the prejudice against America which has so long disgraced large classes of my Country men, but Comprehension & enlightend Views on the subject of Legislation, what wil be invaluable to him in his futures career as a British Senator—
In an old Country like ours it is difficult for all & particularly for those who are nurtured amidst the prejudices of hereditary lands, to see the defects of our Institutions; to be placed at a distance from them, with the opportunity of contrasting them with others which may be see from that particular blemishes which impair the beauty. & utility of our own.
If I did not feel certain that Mr Randolph would not remember me in the slightest degree I could request you to be so kind as to present my best respects to him & I remain, my dear sir
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.