Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 15 February 1821

To Joseph C. Cabell

Monticello Feb. 15. 21.

Dear Sir

I address this day to Genl Breckenridge a letter as you desired; to be shewn if it is thought expedient within the circle of discretion. I doubt much myself whether it’s exhibition to members independant in their purposes, & jealous of that independance may not do more harm than good. on this I put myself into the hands of my friends. I am sure you will see the propriety of letting no copy be taken, or possibility occur, of it’s getting beyond the limits of our own state; and even within these limits some of it’s expressions should not go forth. ever and affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (ViU: TJP); addressed: “Joseph C. Cabell esq. of the Senate of Virginia now at Richmond”; franked; postmarked Milton, 17 Feb.; endorsed by Cabell. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; endorsed by TJ.

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  • Breckinridge (Breckenridge), James; as Va. legislator search
  • Cabell, Joseph Carrington; as Va. state senator search
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