Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from David Austin, 19 December 1801

From David Austin

Washington Decr. 19th A.D. 1801—

Respected Sir.

Will you have the goodness to look over a communication of 28th ulto & seriously to weigh its contents.—

Stretch the line of my general intimations upon the opening face of things, on Capitol Hill: & believe me Sir, that what you may now, dimly, discern is but the rising breath of a mighty storm.

Your Excell’y will ee’r all is over, be as anxious to find water with which to quench this enkindling, & flaming fire, as you have had opportunity to discern me willing to lend my aid, in preserving an equipoise in favor of this tottering Ship; which “the winds & waves” have, & will again mightily assail.—

With all due esteem

David Austin

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “Th: Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Dec. and so recorded in SJL.

Austin’s communication of 28 Nov. requested a place in the secretary of state’s office.

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