Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Timothy Matlack, 14 March 1807

Washington Mar. 14. 07.

Dear Sir

You have very much gratified me by the collection of choice fruit trees you have been so good as to forward on. it is gone on to Monticello to which place I shall follow it in a few days. thither also I am withdrawing all my views as a place of rest from the labors & contentions of public life which I must turn over to younger hands. sincerely do I pray for a coalition between the two republican sections of Pensylvania; they differ in no republican principle, while both differ from the federalists in points which are fundamental. I fondly hope that the good and disinterested of both sections will yield to the duty of suppressing all personal considerations & passions in order to preserve the ascendancy of those principles for which we went through a war of 8. years, and an equal term of agitations worse than war. a thirty years knolege of your devotion to republican principles persuades me that nothing will be wanting on your part to forward this salutary reconciliation. I salute you with the greatest esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

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