Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Syme, 6 October 1801

To John Syme

Washington Oct. 6. 1801.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Sep. 18. was handed me just as I was preparing to leave Monticello, when a press of preparation put it out of my power to answer it. I thank you for this instance of attention and should have availed myself of your offer but that my wants in that line have been supplied. I concur with you in believing that whatever I do will meet the censure of the Federal brawlers. my anxiety is only to disabuse their followers, and [once] more consolidate our nation in social intercourse as well as [rally] them all to the pure principles of republicanism. to do this requires a different treatment of the case in different states according to the temper existing in each. their leaders & printers are incurables. perhaps they may even be useful to put us [in] mind of our errors & our faults. I pray you to accept my best wishes and friendly recollections.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MoSHi: Jefferson Papers); faint; at foot of text: “Colo. John Syme”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

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