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Thomas Lehré to Thomas Jefferson, 28 August 1812

From Thomas Lehré

Columbia (So Carolina) Augt 28th 1812
In the House of Representatives

Dear Sir

A Committee, of which I had the honor of being a Member, presented the enclosed Copy of an address to the President of the United States, it was this day unanimously agreed to by our House, and sent to the Senate for their concurrence. As I know it would afford you great pleasure to learn that your old friends in our Legislature still continued firm and steady to their Republican principles, I have taken the liberty of sending you a Copy of the address for your amusement.—By this conveyance, I have also sent you the three first numbers of a new Republican paper set up in the City of Charleston.1 By the Prospectus you will see that the Editor was a great admirer of your Administration, and is determined by all means in his power, to support Mr Madisons Election. Tomorrow, or on Monday next, I expect the Legislature will adjourn, on Thursday next I expect to arrive in Charleston, where I shall be happy to hear from you. From the information I have obtained during the Session of our Legislature here, I am happy to inform you that your two friends Mess. Madison and Guerry, will obtain all the Votes of this State at the next Presidential Election—Be assured Sir, as far as is in me lay nothing shall be wanting to promote the Election of those Gentlemen, because I think the Welfare & happiness of our Country, at this juncture of our affairs depend upon it.—

I remain with the highest considern

Sir Your Obedt H. Servt

Tho. Lehré

RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson late P. of the U. States”; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Sept. 1812 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) address by South Carolina General Assembly, Columbia, to President James Madison, unanimously approved by the state house of representatives on 28 Aug. 1812 and by the state senate a day later, commending Madison and the United States Congress for the declaration of war; characterizing the War of 1812 as a “holy” struggle that the United States would win; and asserting that the war’s benefits would include the acquisition of Canada, the establishment of American political and commercial independence, and the “formation of a national character” for the United States (Acts and Resolutions of the General Assembly of the State of South-Carolina. Passed in August, 1812 [Columbia, 1812], 17–8; printed from a manuscript source in Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 31 vols.  Congress. Ser., 17 vols.  Pres. Ser., 6 vols.  Sec. of State Ser., 8 vols description ends , Pres. Ser., 5:222–4). (2) Charleston Investigator, 22, 24, 25 Aug. 1812, in each of which editor John Mackey included a prospectus declaring that the newspaper would be independent in affiliation and faithfully follow “TRUTH, sacred TRUTH,” while at the same time supporting the present administration; pledging that if the Republican government were overturned by its enemies, Mackey would choose to be “buried beneath the ruins of that inestimable Constitution”; asserting that editorials on public men and policies would be critical yet fair and honorable; stating that the paper would cover a wide range of topics; and noting that it would be published six days a week, with annual subscriptions costing $8, payable at half-year intervals.

1Reworked from “in this City.”

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