1st. February 1807—
The Republicans of the County of Otsego, in the State of New York, viewing the present as a very important period, as respects the Administration of the general Government of the United States consider it a Duty pleasingly incumbent on them to manifest thro’ us, a Committee appointed for that purpose, their unqualified approbation of the measures your Wisdom and prudence have dictated you to pursue and to solicit that your Experience and Virtues may be continued in the Service of your Country.
We have Sir, with pleasure observed the Justice and Candour with which our Negotiations with different Nations have been conducted and the impartial Justice which has been dealt out to the Citizens of the respective States of our Union; The former cannot, we conceive fail to ensure Security & command Respect from abroad and the latter to increase the Confidence of our fellow Citizens, in our happy Government at home.
We are convinced Sir that ambitious views were not the Inducements to your acceptance of the honourable Station you now fill—but that in it, you was actuated by those feelings which are known only to the Patriot and the Philanthropist. This Idea has led us once more to hope that under the existing circumstances of our publick relations, you will be willing at the call of your Country to sacrifice, tho’ in the evening of your Days, the sweet serenity of private life for the promotion of the general good. In this we manifest the entire Sentiments of the Republicans of our County and we believe, the wishes of the Republicans thro’ out the Union.—Pardon us therefore for earnestly requesting you, in behalf of ourselves and those whom we have the honour to represent, to comply with the most sincere desire of your Country in consenting to be the Candidate at the approaching presidential Election:
With Sentiments of sincere Respect and esteem and with most sincere wishes for your health and happiness we are
Sir your Republican fellow Citizens
Elijah H Metcalf
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.