Nov. 5. 07.
Th:J. to mr Gallatin
I return you the report with great approbation. one or two verbal changes, and, in one place, the striking out 2. or 3. lines, not affecting the sense, are all I have to suggest. the erasure is to avoid the producing an odious idea, which a few days now may shew to be unnecessary, and which, even if war takes place, may not be necessary. in the mean time the federalists would have the benefit of a triumph proclaiming that we contemplate to do ourselves exactly what they did, & we then so much opposed. the report stands certainly as well without the passage.
NHi: Papers of Albert Gallatin.