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From Thomas Jefferson to William Fitzhugh, Jr., 1 July 1805

Accounts five & thirty years, since the Date of this Transaction, spent in the regular Discharge of public, & private Duties, with an Uniformity of Tenor which I am not afraid to rest on the Verdict of those who have been known me—

  They will judge of me by my whole Life, & not by a single false Step taken at the Commencement of it

  To you I have said these Things, because I have known you from our early youth, & wish to stand approved by you—

Accept Assurances of my Esteem &c

Thomas Jefferson

a true Copy - W Fitzhugh


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