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Henry Dearborn to Thomas Jefferson, 31 May 1810

From Henry Dearborn

Boston May 31t 1810

Dear Sir,

your delightfull retirement does not, I presume, prevent you from casting some occasional glances at the passing events at home & abroad, or from feeling a strong interest in our general concerns, and among other political events the regeneration of four or five1 of the Northern States, must afford you, & all other honest friends to our Constitution & government, real pleasure; I probably feel more alive to those events than others do, who have not been immediate spectators.— I am now well persuaded that nothing, but some unaccountable fatality, can again enable our inveterate political opponants to gain an ascendency in these States, especially in Massachusetts & New Hampshire. the outragious conduct of the Tory party in this State while last in power, has had an effect that I think will be lasting, they so far discovered their real views, as to disgust many of their former adherents, and establish many that were wavering.—Altho our Majority in this State is small at present, the current is seting so strong in our favor as to produce a continued acquisiton of strength; our majority for Govr & Lt Govr is , our Majority in the House of Representatives when all the members are2 present is about 40.—In the Senate we stand 20 & 20,— we have the whole of the Councell. —The present prospect in regard to our foriegn relations is at least, no better, than heretofore, and the doings of Congress, or rather, the donothings, afford no flattering prospect; I fear that intrigue has had an unfortunate effect in the Senate, and that it has approached the borders of the Cabinett.—

Mrs Dearborn joins me in best wishes for your health3 and happiness, and in best respects to Mr & Mrs Randolph & familly—

H. Dearborn

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Honbl Thos Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 10 June 1810 and so recorded in SJL.

Republicans had recently captured congressional seats or important state offices in massachusetts & new hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island (Washington National Intelligencer, 11, 23 May, 20 June 1810).

1Preceding two words interlined.

2Manuscript: “at.”

3Manuscript: “halth.”

Index Entries

  • Congress, U.S.; negative opinions of search
  • Constitution, U.S.; mentioned search
  • Dearborn, Dorcas Osgood Marble (Henry Dearborn’s second wife); sends greetings to TJ search
  • Dearborn, Henry; letters from search
  • Dearborn, Henry; on New England politics search
  • Federalist party; electoral defeats search
  • Gallatin, Albert; opposes R. Smith search
  • Gerry, Elbridge (1744–1814); as governor of Mass. search
  • Gray, William; as Mass. lieutenant governor search
  • Massachusetts; elections in search
  • New Hampshire; elections in search
  • New York (state); elections in search
  • politics; in New England search
  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson (Patsy; TJ’s daughter; Thomas Mann Randolph’s wife); greetings to search
  • Randolph, Thomas Mann (1768–1828) (TJ’s son-in-law; Martha Jefferson Randolph’s husband); greetings to search
  • Republican party; electoral successes search
  • Rhode Island; elections in search
  • Senate, U.S.; and Gallatin-Smith feud search
  • Smith, Robert; opposes A. Gallatin search