Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to William C. C. Claiborne, 10 July 1806

Washington July 10. 06.

Dear Sir

I take the liberty of putting under your cover a letter to mr Reibelt, and I leave it open for your perusal because you will judge from it the ground on which he really stands. after reading be so good as to stick a wafer in it, & let it be dry before delivery that he may not know it has been sent open to you. he is a very learned man, a sincere republican, & I believe a very honest & disinterested man; but I fear not calculated to make his way in this world. I have heard much of his wife as one of the most amiable women living.   We have at length got our direct post to N. Orleans established as far as Fort Stoddert in 13. days, along a tract which will make one of the finest roads in the world, & little embarrassed by water courses. for the present we are taking measures to pass it by water from F. Stoddert to N.O. and are exploring a way by land to cross Pascagoula a little above our line, Pearl river where we can to carry us to L. Pontchartrain opposite to Chef Menteur, there to cross & go on by land. this will be effected, but not till the next year, by which time we will reduce the whole time to a fortnight, or perhaps 12. days. by that time too I hope the whole country will be honestly ours. for notwithstanding a few members of Congress did what they could to render that negociation abortive in embryo, yet I am not without hopes that reason will prevail at Paris & Madrid over the passions attempted to be excited there, & effect a good settlement. I am happy to assure you that this schism of a few republicans has made not the smallest impression on the people from North to South. the doctrine of war with Spain & France & alliance with England does not entangle a single native American. with England we shall have a friendly arrangement. in fine I hope that this summer fixes the ground of long peace for this country with all nations. be assured of my friendship & accept my salutations

Th: Jefferson

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