Monto Apr. 11. 23.
Mr Madison, a few days ago, presented me, in your name a case of bronze medals, for which I pray you to accept my best thanks. I shall them in our University as soon as it’s ready, as a in which more probably than elsewhere, they will be preserved to eternize the memory & of men who have deserved well of all mankind. the fruits of their labors are now in growth. it is by the order of providence that the & [. . .] Lewis is now putting the match to a brain which will blow up despotism from the face of the earth. the insurrection beginng in any one spot will spread like wild fire over the civilised world. the great contest between men & monarchs must now be lauded. it can no longer remain . and I trust it will end with the extermination of the Holy conspirators agt the human race and leave not a wreck of their existence behind. I hope you will live to see this great consummation, and live in health, properity and happiness.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.