Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James T. Austin, 2 August 1811

To James T. Austin

Monticello Aug. 2. 11.


I have duly recieved your favor of July 12. with the pamphlet inclosed for which be pleased to accept my thanks. I had before read the papers separately in the newspapers with great satisfaction, but without knowing to whom we were indebted for so just a censure of the act which is the subject of it. this was certainly the grossest insult which any organised society ever recieved from it’s own members, and I have no doubt it will enlighten the more faithful citizens of Massachusets as to the dangers to which they may1 be exposed from such citizens within their own bosoms, under circumstances which at present appear to threaten us. I have never doubted that in the appeal to arms which has been threatened by some intemperate persons, the sound parts of your state would be sufficient to take care of the unsound. I am particularly thankful for the kind expressions of your letter towards myself, and tender you the assurances of my esteem & respect

Th: Jefferson

RC (CtY: Franklin Collection); addressed: “Mr James T. Austin Boston”; franked; endorsed by Austin. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

Austin’s pamphlet, described in note to Austin to TJ, 12 July 1811, had been reprinted widely in the newspapers, including the Washington National Intelligencer, 20, 25 Apr., 4, 11 May, and 25 June 1811. TJ perceived the grossest insult to organised society in the resolutions of a Federalist caucus condemned by Austin in this essay.

1Word interlined in place of “will.”

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