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From Thomas Jefferson to Levi Lincoln, 25 June 1806

Washington June 25. 06.

Dear Sir

It gave me great pleasure to recieve your letter of the 17th. and especially to learn you had accepted your new post. The Newspapers tell us that Dr. Eustis has qualified. mr Gerry I presume & Genl. Heath must have reasons of justification for declining unknown to us at a distance. otherwise we should say that a good souldier does not retire on carrying the town merely, while the citadel is still in the enemy’s hands. I presume however it will be surrendered at the end of this campaign, as all hopes of relief will then be desperate.

Every communication from mr Monroe strengthen’s our expectation that the new pretence of the British to controul our commerce with belligerent colonies will be properly restricted and the outrages on our seamen brought to an end. I had apprehended that the attempts of a little party of seceders in Congress to assassinate our negociations for peace & justice from Spain and France, by proclaiming views communicated to them in confidence, and using a language of irritation calculated to indispose those powers to listen to us, would have effected their views and forced us into what they deemed necessary for the liberties of mankind, war with Spain & France & consequently alliance with Britain. but the course which things are taking in Europe, & some symptoms at Madrid & Paris, induce me now to hope we may obtain the same ground which was put in our power last autumn. on the whole I do hope that at the next session of Congress we may inform the nation that we have brought to an end the wrongs they have been suffering from one people, & obtained from another, justice, peace, & perhaps an arrondissement of empire which may promise us long years of tranquility. there will be some gratification too, personally, in proving to our constituents that their old servants have done nothing either in the ways of wickedness or of folly, to forfiet their confidence, nor their new & unfledged friends any thing to merit it. as our measures will have resulted in peace, the inference is that the contrary measures pressed on us would have resulted in contrary effects.

The proposition respecting the marshalship mentioned in your letter, was, as you supposed, not the first. another had been weightily patronised, & had produced such a degree of commitment as cannot but have influence in our final determination. certainly every act would give me superior pleasure inasmuch as it would be pleasing to you. but my knowledge of you also places me at my ease in giving to all considerations the whole weight which they are in justice & duty entitled to recieve.   Accept my friendly salutations & assurances of continued attachment & respect

Th: Jefferson

MHi: Levi Lincoln Papers.

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