Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Gilbert Merritt, 10 July 1821

To Gilbert Merritt

Monticello July 10. 21.

I thank you, Sir, for the No of the Republican Sentinel which you have been so kind as to send me. I duly honor every effort to cherish the republican principles of our government and to counteract every machination to sever the Union of our state[s.] that union is second in my wishes to no principle but that of living under a republican government. as to these things however I repose myself willingly on those who are charged with their care, and withdrawing from all attention or intermedling with what is going on, I read but a single newspaper, that is of my own state, and cheifly for the advertisements. accept the assurance of my respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (CSmH: JF); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; edge trimmed; at foot of text: “Mr Gilbert Merritt”; endorsed by TJ.

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