Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Aaron Burr, 12 February 1801

From Aaron Burr

Albany 12 Feb. 1801

Dear Sir

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

A. Burr

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.

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