Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Elisha Tracy, 9 August 1808

Monticello Aug. 9. 08.


Your favor of July 30. was recieved yesterday and I thank you for the information it contained. it shall be used for the public good only and without compromitting you. the facts it states mark a combination of moral and political depravity which I had hoped less extensive in our country than it seems to be.

We have recieved letters from mr Pinckney to the 30th. of May; but they contain nothing interesting. from other sources of information I should judge that the ministry as well as a strong party in England were returning from the desire of war with us which they certainly entertained, and to a wiser view of their interests. if we can weather war at this crisis I think we shall enjoy a long career of peace. I pray you to accept my salutations & assurances of respect.

Th: Jefferson


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