Monto Jan. 7. 22.
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 a letter from mr Jefferson was read in a caucus of the members assembled there . We are authorised by a friend of Mr J’s much in his society & intimacy to that that gent. never wrote such, a letter, never put pen to paper on that subject, and avoids 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 genl. from Columbia totally unfounded, & you will observe that the Augusta Chronicle cited 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 election I have the highest esteem and should much regret that they should suppose take any past in it. I and decidedly withdraw myself from all intermeddling in matters of this nation. you will oblige me by inserting some such contraduction as below, in a form not 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’
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.