Washington March 12th. 1806.
My Dear Sir
A friendship of several years standing founded on your many personal virtues, may excuse, & the paramount duty I owe to my country will justify the freedom of this Letter.
Your errors in conducting the exterior relations of our country, oppress the minds of your best friends, with the most anxious solicitude—you may yet retrieve your character and preserve the confidence of your fellow citizens
Call together your too long neglected Council, take the state of the Union into consideration submit every subject with frankness to discussion; and united with them, determine on such measures as may preserve the peace and honour of our country
Your own reputation imperiously demands that you should recede from pretensions and projects, which are demonstrably groundless and unjust.
No truth is more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the affairs of Nations, an indissoluble union between the generous maxims of an honest, & magnanimous policy; and the solid rewards of public prosperity & felicity
I am with sentiments of respect Your Friend
G W Logan
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.