Raleigh Decr 5th 1807
I have come on to this place by easy stages since I had the honor of waiting upon you in Washington. And as the people from the interiour of The States have been flocking to the Market towns with their produce I have had a considerable oppertunity of knowing their sentiments, respecting the present situaation of our political affairs. They wish for Peace, but seem willing to sacrifice every thing in support of our National honor & Independence
There is also another subject, Sir, in which they seem to be Equally interested this is respecting your consenting to fill the Chair of state for another term This seems to be the General wish, and they seem to hope that for the Good of the Country you will be induced to sacrifice your case, and suspend the enjoyment of that retirement which is so agreeable to your turn of mind.
I have convers’d with several intelligent members of the legislature of this State, which is now in Session, And will in a day or two address you, Sir, as a body. Whatever Sir may be your determination my sincere wishes are, that in the gratifitude of our countrymen and the blessings of heaven you may experience the reward of your toils
I am Sir With Respectfull Esteem Your Hble Servt
CSmH: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.