Portsmouth Decmb. 12th. 1806
I did myself the hono’r of writing you a few months since, in which I informed you, that altho’, I had no direct communications for some time past, yet I had not forgot you, for a single day; you have constantly my best prayers and wishes.
I have just seen your Message to Congress; I congratulate you Sr. and my Country, on the general prosperity of our affairs, the happy condition of our Finances, and the tolerable prospect of the continuance of the great Blessing of peace.—Seeing the prosperity of the Country exceeding our most sanguine, expectations; It is truely wonderful, that any man or men (of any consideration) should be found base enough to endeavour to disturb our peace and harmony; this appears to me a great degree of Insanity as well as Villany. I hope our differences with great Britain will be soon amicably settled; should this fail, I trust that decided Measures will be taken with that Nation, as I consider them the contrivers and abettors of all the mischiefs, that are ploted, against The United States. I stop, here, as your time is (I am sure) too much Occupied with more important objects, than to attend to my trifleing Politics.
I pray your Sr. to accept the Homage of my highest respect and Confidence—
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.