Philada. Novr. 21st. 1806
Inclosed you have an Address from the Delegates appointed from the Wards of this City and from the Townships of the county of Philadelphia and agreed to by them on the 12th instant—The reason the address was not forwarded sooner I did intend to have delivered it in person but my business at present will not admit of it which I am very sorry for—
You will observe from the Address it was intended that the whole of the Delegates should have signed it but to be plain with you numbers of the members of which I am one would sign no political address with Tench Coxe and some also objected to John Smith it is true he voted for the Governor and Thousands of others in the state did the same thing but they are very sorry for it of this number John Smith is one—
You may rely on it I never saw so much Union in any public body as their was at the adopting of the inclosed address only Two members objected to it that was Tench Coxe & John Smith this I did not wonder at for it was to that part where we implicate the officers of the General Government taking an Active part against the republican interest—As for Tench Coxe he may double and twist as long as he pleases he never will be able to recover his standing in the republican ranks—Altho he may have the address of getting himself returned from the Ward he lives in that is as far as he possibly can go but even to get this length astonishes seven Eights of us—As for John Smith I wish he had the same standing amongst us he had when you appointed him Marshal he wishes this thing and he is labouring to obtain it Many reasons can be given in favor of the inclosed Address and I will take the liberty of mention those I think the Strongest—First the whole Federal Host wish you out of Office with a View that they may get a President more to their liking for altho’ he may not be a Federalist they expect a President they can Twist to their views as they have done Mc.Kean with you they have no such prospects—The Second reason which ought to have been the first as it is the best—The whole of the Democrates wish you to consent to a reelection and assign as their reason they cannot repose so much Trust and confidence in any other man as yourself—The third the republicans cannot Unite in the man who shall be your successor and as Congress followed this as a principle business last session please to put a stope to it by declaring you are ready to serve in any station your fellow Citizens pleases to appoint you to—The Richmond Enquirer has been puffing of his reasons against your re-election but he has never taken it into view that circumstances alter cases but I hope you will and comply with the wishes of your fellow Citizens especially as they believe the republican interest in a great measure will be promoted by your serving again—I am most respectfully Dear Sir Your most Obedient Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.