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To Thomas Jefferson from Sylvanus Bourne, 15 April 1804

From Sylvanus Bourne

Amer. Consulate Amster. April 15 1804

Sir

Thirteen years residence abroad in foreign Countries having in no degree diminished the affection I bear my own, nor impaired the obligations I owe to its Govt, it is with heartfelt Satisfaction that I have heard of the late acquisition of Louisiana by the U: States, through means equally temperate as they are honorable to the Agents of this important negotiation. It affords indeed a source of laudable triumph to every Liberal & well informed American to reflect that while in Europe & other parts of the World, not even the most trifling aditions of territory are made but with torrents of blood, an extensive & flourishing Country has been added to ours thro the medium of Compact & a just equivalent—

Permit me therefore Sir to tender you my sincere Congratulations on an event so auspicious to the future Interests & Welfare of the U: States & to hope that while other nations may learn & proffit of the noble example of enlightened policy exbited by our Govt in this transaction, our own Citizens may be found capable of duly improving the advantages it presents & long enjoy them in social peace & prosperity.

In these sentiments & with those of the highest respect I have the honor to be Yr Ob Servt

S. Bourne

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 7 July and so recorded in SJL, but as received from New York.

residence abroad: Bourne had served in several consular capacities in Hispaniola and Amsterdam since 1790 (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:49; Vol. 35:402n).

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