Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to James Robertson, 24 February 1809

Washington Feb. 24. 09.


I have duly received your letter covering the resolutions of the Citizens of West Tennessee assembled in the Town of Nashville. every friend of his Country must feel the regret & indignation they so laudably express at the unjust & unprecedented measures adopted by the belligerent Powers of Europe, violating our Maritime rights as a free & independent Nation, & compelling us, for their preservation to resort to measures the affects of which we must all feel. and all must see with pleasure their honorable declaration against receding from the grounds taken with regard to the belligerent Nations, & their reprobation of the Surrender of any essential points in difference between us & those Nations.

Should the Embargo be continued, or a non:intercourse be substituted, it is pleasing to know that our fellow Citizens will afford every aid in their power to render it effectual: and if war must at length be resorted to, I have entire confidence in their declarations that as Citizen Soldiers they will be ready at the call of their country to prove to their enemies that they know how to value & defend their rights.

I am happy to learn their Approbation of the measures adopted by the General Government in relation to Great Britain & France, and particularly thankful for the satisfaction they express with the course I have pursued in the discharge of the Arduous duties which devolved on me as chief Magistrate of the United States.—

I pray you to accept for yourself and them the assurances of my great respect and consideration—.

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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