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From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 5 November 1807

Nov. 5. 07.

Th:J. to mr Gallatin

I return you the report with great approbation. one or two verbal changes, and, in one place, the striking out 2. or 3. lines, not affecting the sense, are all I have to suggest. the erasure is to avoid the producing an odious idea, which a few days now may shew to be unnecessary, and which, even if war takes place, may not be necessary. in the mean time the federalists would have the benefit of a triumph proclaiming that we contemplate to do ourselves exactly what they did, & we then so much opposed. the report stands certainly as well without the passage.

NHi: Papers of Albert Gallatin.

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