Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Charles Pinckney, 16 February 1807

February 16. 1807 In Charleston

Dear Sir,

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

Yours Truly

Charles Pinckney

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