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Thomas Jefferson to André Daschkoff, 12 August 1809

To André Daschkoff

Monticello. Aug. 12. 09.


Your favor of July 5. has been duly recieved, and, in it, that of my friend mr Short. I congratulate you on your safe arrival in the American hemisphere, after a voyage which must have been lengthy in time, as it is in space. I hope you may experience no unfavorable change in your health on so great a change of climate, and that our fervid sun may be found as innocent as our cloudless skies must be agreeable. I hail you with particular pleasure, as the first harbinger of those friendly relations with your country so desireable to ours. both nations being, in character & practice, essentially pacific, a common interest in the rights of peaceable nations, gives us a common cause in their maintenance: & however your excellent emperor may have been led from the ordinary policy of his government, I trust that the establishment of just principles will be the result, as I am sure it is the object of his efforts.

When you shall have had time to accomodate yourself somewhat to our climate, our manners, & mode of living, you will probably have a curiosity to see something of the country you have visited, something beyond the confines of our cities. these exhibit specimens of London only. our country is a different nation. should your journeyings lead you into this quarter of it, I shall be happy to recieve you at Monticello, and to renew to you in person the assurances I now tender, of my great respect and consideration.

Th: Jefferson

RC (CtY: Franklin Collection); at foot of text: “M. Dashkoff.” PoC (DLC).

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