before 21 Oct. 1804
I Write you not in the language of a [. . .] but of plain honest republicanisam—Many freinds of the same principle would have wrote, but from various circumstance They have been prevented—I Who hope not for reward or fear punishment from the bitterest enemies of Republican government dare to denounce a person Who with all the pride of Impudence dare to prof[e]ss himself a Republican when it is well known on the commencement of your government he profest himself a fiaderalist—nay so much so that, he wrote against repubinism & did all he could to Retain Adams party in. I take liberty to write you this because you ought to know your freinds, and the Enemies of our free and republican government. James Simons is the Man and Whatever his freinds Choose to say in his favour it Certanily arises from interest in his line or as relatives, for beleive me he is the most arogant assuming & Self sufficient man Sto[. . .] with Ignorence & presumption & Inimical to free and republican government of any man in this Stat—I see your appointment of D A Hall, altho’ deprived of honesty yet he may probably do as a judge, but that you can retain James Simons in office is astonishing to me & all those who know his principles. Would you appoint our late Embassador T Pinckny or his cousin David D’Oily in his office—you would do Justice to Republican principles as well as act justly to deserving men and put out a man who Employs only agents in the Custom House, & minds Speculating with the money in poor unfortunate negros. Remember I warn you with republican ardour that a Fed ought to remain a Fed and republicans ought to press the government—I do not hope or Expect office but wish from a True principle—, hoping Jo. Sundy may be made a private Citizen & if any of the names his brother Robert be promoted in his I am With r[i]ght Respect a true Republican.
Enquire among your frinds for what I say—and also if he Jas. Simons be [. . .] except what his arrogance & office give him—for he is despised in the private Walks of Life for letting Mrs. McDonald a widow with five orphans Support his aged sister and has not helped her to a shilling many years, for truth enquire if you please of Solomon Legare, Charles Lining, Micah Jenkins, or any of the Pincknys & Rutleges, altho most of them are Feds they will speak truth, or of Dl. Doly &c.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.