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From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Harrison Smith, 19 July 1804

July 19. 1804

Is it worth while to contradict the barefaced falsehoods of Coleman in the 2d. page 5th. column of the inclosed paper.

It is false that I ever drew such a paper as is there ascribed to me.

It is false that I ever signed such a paper drawn by another.

the appeal to the records of any state for a paper so signed is without foundation. I believe that such a paper was drawn by a very timid, honest man, long since dead, (the father of the present Nicholases) and passed the H. of Delegates of Virginia; but I do not recollect it with certainty, nor what part I took in it: but probably I opposed it with Patrick Henry, the Lees & the Masons as we all moved in concert; tho’ it is possible we may have merely let the thing pass to gratify the drawer and secure him with us. I leave this to your own judgment.

DLC: J. Henley Smith Papers.

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