From Horatio Gates
New York 9th. May 1797.
I have hitherto delayed acquainting You that Mr. Maddison had obliging forwarded my Letter Book. It was in as good order as you received it. As you should not have seen it, I Inclose you Mr: Erskines pamphlet on the Causes and Consequences of The War. It run through upwards of Twenty Edditions in a Fort night in London. Every True Whigg upon this Continent must adore the Man for the Wisdom of his Head, the uncorruptness of his Heart, and the Firmness with which he has delivered his Sentiments, to a deceived, and all but ruind Nation! All Eyes are turned to Congress to see what they will do, to bring Us out of the Scrape we have been led into with France. May the Friends of Freedom, and Independence, have reason to rejoice in the Important Event. To confirm the upright, to Convert the misled and to Fix the Wavering, I wish the pamphlet could be Republish’d in philadelphia; I think it would do Infinite Good to have the Members of Congress know its Contents; and the sooner, the better. Are we not to have the pleasure to see you before your return to Virginia? The Doors of Rose Hill are Open to receive You, whenever you will Oblige me, and my Mary, by reposing under our Roof. With the Sincerest Sentiments of Esteem, and Regard, I am Dear Sir Your Faithfull humble Servant
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esq.”; endorsed by TJ as received in May and recorded in SJL as received at Philadelphia 11 May 1797. Enclosure: Thomas Erskine, A View of the Causes and Consequences of the Present War with France (London, 1797). See Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 2833.
In Jan. 1797, Madison made arrangements with Edward Livingston to return the letter book that TJ had borrowed from Gates in 1793 (Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962– , 26 vols. Sec. of State Ser., 4 vols. description ends , xvi, 467). For TJ’s acquisition and use of the letterbook, see note to Gates to TJ, 19 July 1780.