Notes on a Conversation with Robert R. Livingston
[on or after 4 June 1801]
Chr. Livingston thinks it will be advantageous to make a general sweep in Connectt.
the people are governed 1. by their clergy 2. by their interest. the clergy irreclaimable. the only remaining motive therefore should be brought over to the Republican side as a counterpoise.
they were federals from interest. they are avaricious, & venal, looking always for gain.
MS (DNA: RG 59, LAR, 7:290); entirely in TJ’s hand; undated, but written on verso of address clipped from George Jefferson to TJ, 1 June 1801.