Richmond, June 20th 1821.
The enclosed numbers, on a most important subject, were written by me, and published in the Enquirer.—Mr Ritchie promised me to strike a few Copies, in a more eligible form, to be sent to my most particular, and most distinguished, friends: but his indisposition , and the negligence of his foreman prevented it.—I now doubt whether I ought to venture to send them to you, as taken from the Columns of a newspaper. yet the subject is worthy of your attention. I was particularly desirous, too, of placing them before the Eyes of that illustrious citizen , whom power could not seduce, nor dangers appal, in the great object of his life,—which has been to secure the liberty, and advance the happiness of his native Country.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.