Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Daniel D’Oyley, 25 July 1803

From Daniel D’Oyley

Charleston 25th. July 1803


I request the honor of your accepting the inclosed address to our fellow Citizens. This would not have been presumed but among the observations made on it by our Federal paper the Courier too [. . .]ld a connection with my admiration of your Character and administration was made by comparison with what was said of your predecessors in office. it is impossible for me not to believe that there have been views and that there are now wishes to change the form of our happy Government wisely averted under Providence by Your care & conduct. South Carolina, from the great weight justly merited of her former leading men, has long been considered a doubtful State as to her political inclinations. but those men have lost their influence by deserting her interests; and thanks to almighty God She is rescued from their wiles and intrigues to restore themselves: and her political horizon is now enlightened by the splendid Blaze of Republicanism that those who look against it are dazzled into inanity & confusion.

With that respect which gives Value to Virtue I beg ever to be considered with the greatest truth and Sincerity Sir your most Obedt: hble: Servt:

Daniel D’Oyley

RC (DLC); blurred; at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Aug. and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Daniel D’Oyley, An Oration, Delivered in St. Michael’s Church Before the Inhabitants of Charleston, South-Carolina, on the Fourth of July, 1803; In Commemoration of American Independence (Charleston, S.C., [1803]; Shaw-Shoemaker description begins Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801-1819, New York, 1958-63, 22 vols. description ends , No. 4108).

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