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From Thomas Jefferson to Cyrus Griffin, 12 March 1801

To Cyrus Griffin

Washington Mar. 12. 1801.

Dear Sir

I return you my thanks for your friendly congratulations on my election to the chair of the Union. if it shall be in my power to effect a reconciliation of parties, I shall think I have not lived in vain. to effect this something must be yielded on both sides, and I hope there is a spirit of accomodation rising among us. I know the task is difficult, and cannot possibly be so executed as to give satisfaction to every one: but by suffering no passions of my own to intervene, I will give myself a right to the dispassionate judgment of others. I pray you to accept assurances of my high consideration & esteem.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); at foot of text: “The honble Cyrus Griffin”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Your friendly congratulations: Griffin to TJ, 4 Mch.

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