Monticello Feb. 21. 26.
How could you think, my dear friend, of to me for materials for the history of N. Carolina? at the age of 83, scarcely able to walk from one room to another, rarely out of pain, and with both hands so crippled that to write a page is nearly the work of a day? I believe too that I never knew any thing about , and if I did it is all forgotten. but that at whatever age, or in whatever form we have known a person so we believe to continue , unchanged by time or decay. I am glad you did not reflect on this, because it has furnished occasion for a letter which I shall always recieve with the which antient & affectionate recollections ever bring. I am particularly happy to percieve that you retain health and spirits still manfully to maintain our good old of cherishing and fortifying the rights and authorities of the people in opposition to those who fear them, who wish to take all power from them, and to transfer all to Washington. the latter may call themselves republicans if they please, but all of this principle tories. for consolidation is to withdraw their from the ken of the people. God bless you & preserve you many and long years.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.