Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Ritchie, 7 January 1822

Monto Jan. 7. 22.

Dr Sir

In our paper of the 3d under the head of the ‘next President’ we quoted from the Petersbg Intelligence the information of a Gentlemen from Columbia S. C. mentioning that in a letter was recd from mr Jefferson pertaining to this, object was read in a caucus of the members assembled there for the nomn of a Proctor. We are authorised by a friend of Mr J’s much in his society & intimacy to observe that that gent. never wrote such, a letter, never put pen to paper on that subject, and studiously avoids all conversn on it.

I see with much concern in your paper of the 3d that they are endeavoring to compromit me on the subject of the next President, the informn said to come from a genl. from Columbia is totally unfounded, & you will observe that the Augusta Chronicle cited also as giving an acc of the same Caucus says not a word of any letter from me. for all of the gentlemen named as subjects of the future election I have the highest esteem and should much regret that they should suppose me to take any past in it. I entirely and decidedly withdraw myself from all intermeddling in matters of this nation. you will oblige me by inserting in your paper some such contraduction as below, in a form not imputing to come directly from   it is the more necessary as you seem to have given credit to it myself. I salute you with frdship & resp   if the word ‘incorrect’ be not an error of the press for ‘correct’

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