Monticello Sep. 6.08.
I return you Pinckney’s letter the complection of which I like. If they repeal their orders we must repeal our embargo. If they make satisfaction for the Chesapeake, we must revoke our proclamation, and generalize it’s operation by a law. If they keep up impressments, we must adhere to nonintercourse, manufactures & a navigation act. I inclose for your perusal a letter of Mr. Short’s. I inform him that any one of the perssons he names would be approved, the government never recognising a difference between the two parties of republicans in Pensylvania. I do not think the anonymous rhapsody is Cheetham’s. Tho’ mere declamation, it is of too high an order for him. I think it quite in Gouv. Morris’s dictatorial manner. It’s matter is miserable sophistry. I salute you with constant affection.
DLC: Papers of James Madison.