Phil[adelph]ia February [. . .]
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[. . .] intended to have proceeded from hence to Was[hington] [. . .] the place ere your departure, but I find I cannot with convenience fulfil my wishes and intentions. In all probability therefore I shall have no opportunity of paying you my personal respects: accept therefore of my sincere good wishes for your health and happiness in your retirement.
I send you the inclosed pamphlet drawn up by Mr Dallas, because I think that 50000 of them distributed would do infinite good. It is an unanswerable specimen of the argumentum ad hominem. Reponse sans replique. It is true, as the embargo is to be repealed, its sphere of usefulness will be contracted; but it will still serve to stop the audacious falsehoods and clamour of the federal Party. I do most sincerely regret that the embargo is renounced: no substitute can do good; for the federalists will exult that we are driven from the ground, and claim to be the saviours of their Country. Besides, if it were a measure as bad as it is good, I would not yield to the manouvred majority of the Legislature of Massachusets. However I have said enough. Adieu. May God bless you.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.