Carlisle 26 April 1806
On the momentous Questions respecting our foreign Relations lately discussed, although, the republican Interest has divided [us]—the Confidence of the Public in Purity and Wisdom of your Administration is unimpa[ired].
Having had the Honor by your Nomination of holding an office under you and by a la[te] appointment having become connected with the Judiciary of this State, I have thought I owed to you at this interesting moment an acknowledgement of the high respect I entertain individually for your mild but efficient Government of this gr[eat] Country and my thanks in common with my fellow Citizens for the immense acquisitions gained by your enlightened Policy.
If your System is not defeated by the base Desertion of some—the gross Imprudence of others you have been accustomed to regard, I do not question but America will yet be [ro]unded by the Florida’s and such a Portion of the Territory on the Western Bank of the Missisippi retained as will secure to us an undisturbed navigation [of] that great River.
Much of the hostile spirit which has lately appeared is attributed by some to machinations to carry the next Presidency. May we presume to hope Sir from you, as more distinguished proof of your Patriotism—by altering the Resolution which it is suggested you have formed and permitting your name to be offered and giving to the united states an other Term of four years of your Invaluable Services.
I have the Honor to be Sir with the highest respect & consideration, your most obedt. & Humble Servt
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.