City of Washington 9th. Octr. 1806.
Highly Respected Sir,
I beg your Permission, to represent, that a circumstance took place last week at a small place about three miles out of the District of about 30 Acres upon which I have a Tenant, who was prevailed upon without my Consent or even knowledge to admit a Meeting of Partizans for Mr Key; the consequence was that at the Meeting of two opposite Parties, there was no small share of abuse, a part of which fell upon my self, as I have understood, altho’ I was at the time sick upon my Bed. The principles of an Opposition to Government permit me Sir to say I utterly abhor; an attachment to Government is a principle I have gratefully cherished considering myself as lying under every Obligation from the kind attention I have received, and the circumstance above mentioned grieved me the next day when I came to a knowledge of it, and least the Public Prints which are on these occasions not sparing in their remarks shoud give it a color it will not bear. I thought (especially as I am going to Winchester in Virg. for five or six weeks to recover my strength with a part of my Family) the President of the United States woud excuse me, in meeting any remarks which might be made incorrectly as a Partizan, a Character I have never hitherto, been charged with.
I have the honor to be with the utmost Respect the Presidents faithfull and devoted Servant
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.