Fredericksburg. Novr. 23d 1807
My dear Sir
I feel that I have been to blame in not having sooner apprized you that your request contained in your last Letter, had been complied with on the Day I Receivd your Letter; a Billious attack which I have sustained since, was the Cause of the omission; this, it is true, was not so violent as to amount to a justification—I only offer it as an Excuse, I pray you Accept it as such
We are waiting with much anxiety for the result of the English Negotiations I much fear that all the Temper and wisdom of the Executive of our Country will not avail to save us from a war—for France as well as England seems determined to drive us from Neutral ground—that is if we are to rely on newspaper accounts: however it is some consolation to believe, as I do, that if we do go to War it will be uno animo
I am with high respect & affectionate regard Dear Sir Yr mo. ob. Serv.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.