Monticello Apr. 6. 21.
Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to Governor Clinton for the Canal Report he has been so kind as to send him and congratulates him on the prospect of a succesful accomplishment of this most splendid undertaking—it will be an example & lesson to mankind how much better it is to spend their spare money on canals, roads & other such works ameliorating the condition of man, than in wars which bow him to the earth with misery, devastation & . he salutes him with friendship and respect.
NNC: De Witt Clinton Papers.