February 16. 1807 In Charleston
Having been absent for some weeks on the reviews in the interior of this country I had not the honour of receiving your letter until this day.—as I was constantly shifting my situation every day I ordered all letters to me to be kept for safety in Charleston & therefore was surprised to see in a late Newspaper a letter published addressed to me which I had never seen or recieved from Mr. Alston.—On my arrival in this City I received from him the inclosed which explains the reason of my not having recieved it—. In this letter he explicitly disavows any knowledge of the treasons & holds himself ready to meet any charge that may be brought. I feel extremely mortified that there should be any reason for suspicion against him. his father is a most excellent man in every sense & a decided republican. he is also I believe the most opulent man in this country—the son for so young a man has been very considerably destinguished by his Country, & if any one had the highest hope, from it & ought to be bound to it, by every tie that should bind a Citizen, it was he—.I know no change that could better his Fortunes or expectations—Having but this moment the honour to receive your letter I can only at present say that I shall very maturely consider it’s contents & have the honor to write you again soon on the occasion & in the interim keep it to myself.—I avail myself of this opportunity to present you my most respectful & affectionate compliments & best wishes, & I assure you of the same from every one almost in this State among whom your excellent administration has met & will continue to find the most decided & firm support.—With my best compliments to Mr Madison & Mr Gallatin I remain With Esteem & respect Dear Sir
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.