Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Elijah Griffiths, 22 March 1801

To Elijah Griffiths

Washington Mar. 22. 1801

Dear Sir

Your letter of July last was delivered to me at Monticello, from which place I had nothing new, or worthy the subject of an answer. that of Feb. 22. is now to be acknoleged. I have considerable hopes that our government will go on with less opposition than preceding occasions have called for. I rather expect that several circumstances latterly have brought over & consolidated with us a large body of the people who had left us on the XYZ fable, but […] beginning to be sensible they had got with leaders whose views were different from theirs. we [see] strong symptoms of this return in almost every quarter. we have to apprehend most trouble from the English. however their present situation must render peace with us very desireable, & if we meet them with frank & sincere demonstrations of friendship, it is not within the ordinary principles of human calculation that they should reject them. it is true we have […] points to settle with them, which nothing but a disposition to do what is just on both sides can facilitate. the disposition shall not be witheld on our part.

I am sorry to hear of your long continued indisposition. the approaching season may perhaps relieve you. accept my sincere wishes for it, with my friendly salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (DLC); faint; at foot of text: “Mr. Elijah Griffiths.” Recorded in SJL under 21 Mch.

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