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Thomas Jefferson to Robert Wright, 3 April 1809

To Robert Wright

Monticello Apr. 3. 09.

Dear Sir

Your friendly note of Mar. 3. was delivered to me on that day. you know the pressure of the last moments of a session of Congress, and can judge of that of my own departure from Washington, & of my first attentions here. this must excuse my late acknolegement of your note.—the assurances of your approbation of the course I have observed are highly flattering, & the more so, as you have been sometimes an eye-witness & long of the vicinage of the public councils. the testimony of my fellow citizens, & especially of one who having been himself in the high departments, to the means of information, united the qualifications to judge, is a consolation which will sweeten the residue of my life. the fog which arose in the East, in the last moments of my service will doubtless clear away and expose under a stronger light the rocks & shoals which have threatened us with danger. it is impossible the good citizens of the East should not see the agency of England the tools she employs among them, & the criminal arts & falsehoods of which they have been the dupes. I still trust & pray that our union may be perpetual, and I beg you to accept the assurances of my high esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “H. E. Govr Wright.”

Robert Wright (1752–1826), lawyer, Revolutionary War veteran, and politician, was born in Queen Annes County, Maryland. He served in both houses of the Maryland legislature and as a Republican member of the United States Senate, 1801–06, and House of Representatives, 1810–17 and 1821–23. As governor of Maryland from 1806–09, Wright supported TJ and his policies, in particular the Embargo, leading to an erosion of his support in the state and his resignation later in 1809 (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, 1999, 24 vols. description ends , DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, 1928–36, 20 vols. description ends ).

Wright’s friendly note expressed his approbation of TJ’s presidency and congratulated him on his retirement (Wright to TJ, 3 Mar. 1809 [DLC]).

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