From Aaron Burr
Albany 12 Feb. 1801
It was so obvious that the most malignant spirit of slander and intrigue would be busy that, without any enquiry, I set down as calumny every tale calculated to disturb our harmony. My friends are often more irritable and more credulous: fortunately I am the depository of all their Cares and anxieties, and I invariably pronounce to be a lie, every thing which ought not to be true—my former letter should have assured you of all this by anticipation—Montfort never told me what you relate & if he had, it would have made no impression on me—Your Solicitude on this occasion, though groundless, is friendly & obliging. Continue to believe in the very Great Respect & Esteem with which I am
Your friend & st
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “Hon. Thos. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Feb. 1801 and so recorded in SJL.
My former letter: 23 Dec. 1800.