Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Vaughan, 31 March 1801

To Benjamin Vaughan

Washington Mar. 31. 1801.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 15th. is put into my hand, just as I am mounting my horse for Monticello, where I shall be about three weeks making some domestic arrangements for my final settlement here. I stop to thank you for your kind congratulations & still more for your judicious observations on the circumstances of my position. one counsel will be very difficult, to draw the veil of confidence over a consciousness that it ought not to exist. your frequent letters will make me very happy, & lay me under the greater obligation as I foresee that private correspondence will be to me practicable in but a small degree. still it would be calamitous were that to deprive me of the1 information & counsel of the wise & good. accept assurances of my sincere esteem, & high consideration & respect.

Th: Jefferson

RC (Mrs. Langdon Marvin, Hallowell, Maine, 1944); addressed in John Vaughan’s hand: “Benjamin Vaughan Esqr Hallowell Maine Massachussets”; stamped; postmarked Philadelphia, 3 Apr. PrC (DLC).

1TJ here canceled “aid.”

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