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From Thomas Jefferson to J. P. G. Muhlenberg, 24 February 1804

To J. P. G. Muhlenberg

Washington Feb. 24. 1804.

Dear Sir

I am sorry to be obliged to return the inclosed without my signature. as soon as I came into the administration applications came to me from all parts of the states to become a contributor to the various buildings, establishments, institutions, & enterprizes undertaken in the different states, & I began by complying with them. but I very soon found that no resources whatever would be adequate to meet these applications; and I was under the necessity of laying it down as a law for myself, to confine my contributions of this kind to the state in which my property lies, & to the district in which the seat of government makes me a resident. within this district, where every thing is to be done, the calls are quite sufficient to absorb every thing which it’s inhabitants can spare. for these considerations I withold with regret the act you desired, and I trust you will think the ground sufficient. Accept my friendly salutations and assurances of great esteem and respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Genl. Muhlenberg.” Enclosure not found, but see Muhlenberg to TJ, 13 Feb.

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