Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 12 October 1806

Washington Oct. 12. 06.

Dear Sir

You witnessed in the earlier part of the administration the malignant & long continued efforts which the federalists exerted, in their newspapers, to produce misunderstanding between mr Madison & myself. these failed compleatly. a like attempt was afterwards made through other channels to effect a similar purpose between Genl. Dearborne & myself, but with no more success. the machinations of the last session to put you at cross questions with us all were so obvious as to be seen at the first glance of every eye. in order to destroy one member of the administration, the whole were to be set to loggerheads to destroy one another. I observe in the papers lately new attempts to revive this stale artifice, & that they squint more directly towards you & myself. I cannot therefore be satisfied till I declare to you explicitly that my affections & confidence in you are nothing impaired, & that they cannot be impaired by means so unworthy the notice of candid & honourable minds. I make the declaration that no doubts or jealousies, which often beget the facts they fear, may find a moment’s harbour in either of our minds. I have so much reliance on the superior good sense & candor of all those associated with me as to be satisfied they will not suffer either friend or foe to sow tares among us. our administration now drawing towards a close, I have a sublime pleasure in believing it will be distinguished as much by having placed itself above all the passions which could disturb it’s harmony, as by the great operations by which it will have advanced the well-being of the nation. accept my affectionate salutations & assurances of my constant & unalterable respect & attachment.

Th: Jefferson

NHi: Papers of Albert Gallatin.

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