Washington Oct. 13. 08.
Since writing my letter of yesterday it has occurred to me that the stile in which, in my letters to you, I have spoken of the mass of falsehood & calumny afloat in our country, & the impossibility of believing what is beyond the evidence of our own senses, is too strong to be published. such a fellow as Cobbet, abusing us as a nation, will quote this as testimony of it given by ourselves. the federalists will attack it as a libel on the nation. indeed every word from my pen becoming a text & theme for abusing me by the federalists, I cannot be too cautious. perhaps your friendship will discover other things which escaped my hasty perusal & which it might do harm to publish. I leave the whole to yourself entirely & repeat my affectionate salutations.
DLC: Papers of James Monroe.