Mo Apr. 12. 23.
Your favor of Mar. 18. has been duly recieved, and in it Govr Mckaim’s letter. what he says of your uncle is all true, within my recollection. his memory has failed him in some other particulars of no importance. he has confoundd two distinct votes and blended together the transactions as if on one, the vote on the Virga proposn to declare indepdce and the ultimate declaration. but the error is quite unimportant.
I learnt with pleasure your mission to our new brethren of the South. God prosper them, and make you instrument in their attainment of a free & a wise govmt. may they never in polluting the American soil with royal or imperialism. I should have been happy indeed in a visit from you. it would have been recieved but could not be expected under the business which must be crouding on you as the moment of your departure approaches. while I live & wherever you go, my best affections will be with you and my cordial prayers for the prosperity and happiness of yourself & yours.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.