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From Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 15 February 1801

To John Tyler

Washington Feb. 15. 1801.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Jan. 30. by mr Tyler your nephew has been duly recieved, and I read in it with great satisfaction the expression of friendly regard which I can with truth reciprocate. we have had a long course together, and in the moments of trial, I have seen you always at your post. our political vessel has rode very uneasily under the gales of monarchy: I hope, when put on her republican tack, she will shew herself built for that. the old rigging may for a while perhaps disorder her motion. perhaps too we are counting too fast, for after 4 days of balloting not a single vote has been changed. a strong idea is abroad at present that tomorrow there is to be a coalition but on what grounds it is suggested I know not. your nephew however has determined to stay a day longer to see the issue. he will consequently be able to supply what is not known at the date of this letter. I pray you to accept assurances of the sincere esteem & respect of Dear Sir

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The honble John Tyler.” Tr (MHi).

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