Monticello Mar. 3. 19.
I promised your gardener some seeds which I put under a separate cover and address to you by mail. I also inclose you a letter from mr Cabell which will shew you that the ‘sour grapes of Wm & Mary are spreading; but certainly not to the ‘enlightened part of society’ as the letter supposes. I have sent him a transcript from our journals that he may see how far we are under engagements to Dr Cooper. I observe Ritchie imputes to you and myself opinions against Jackson’s conduct in the Seminole war. ‘I certainly never doubted that the military entrance into Florida, the temporary occupation of their posts, and the execution of Arbuthnot & ambrister were all justifiable. if I had ever doubted, P. Barber’s speech would have brought me to rights I at first felt regret at the execution; but I have ceased to feel it on mature reflection, and a belief the example will save much blood. affectionitely your’s.
P.S. on my return I fell in with mr Watson who signed our proceedings.
DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.