To Stephen Thacher
Monticello Sep. 19. 1803.
Th: Jefferson presents his respectful salutations to mr Thatcher, and his thanks for the excellent oration of which he was pleased to send him a copy. while such sentiments as are therein expressed animate the breasts of our citizens, we have every thing to hope for their happiness & freedom. he owes mr Thatcher his particular thanks for the friendly terms of his letter.
RC (MeHi); addressed: “Stephen Thatcher esquire Kennebunk”; franked; postmarked Charlottesville. PrC (DLC); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.