Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Carrington Cabell, 15 February 1821

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


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