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From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Harrison Smith, 23 October 1802

To Samuel Harrison Smith

Oct. 23. 1802.

Th: Jefferson to mr Smith

The inclosed paper seems intended for the legislative as well as Executive eye; but certainly not to be laid before the former in a regular way. the only irregular one would be in the newspapers. but this must depend on it’s merit and your opinion of it. there are a few just ideas in it, but they are as a few grains of wheat in a bushel of chaff. I know not from what quarter it came, there being no postmark on the cover. do with it as you may think of it worth or want of it.

RC (DLC: J. Henley Smith Papers); addressed: “Mr. Samuel H. Smith Pensylvania avenue”; endorsed by Smith. Enclosure not identified.

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