Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 30 June 1821

To Spencer Roane

Monticello June 30. 21.

Dear Sir

To the letter of Colo Taylor to yourself, recieved thro’ the Governor, I returned an answer on the 27th addressed to you, & put under cover to him.

I have now to thank you for the papers of Algernon Sydne[y]1 which I had before read with great approbation successively as they came out. I had hoped mr Ritchie would publish them in pamphlet form, in which case I would have taken half a dozen, or a dozen my self, and inclosed them to some of my old friends in the different states, in the hope of exciting others to attend to this case, whose stepping forward in opposition would be more auspicious than for Virginia to do it. I shoul[d] expect that New York, Ohio, & perhaps Maryland might [a]gree to bring it forward, & the two former being Anti-Missou[r]ians might recommend it to that party. the 2d No of Fletcher concentrates the points of alarm very strongly. ever affectionately and respectfully yo[urs.]

Th: Jefferso[n]

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of Constantine S. Rafinesque to TJ, 3 Apr. 1821; some words faint; at foot of text: “Judge Roane”; endorsed by TJ.

The 2d no of fletcher, written under the pseudonym “Fletcher of Saltoun,” was published in the Richmond Enquirer, 26 June 1821 (see TJ to John E. Hall, 8 Aug. 1821, and note).

1Edge trimmed.

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