Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Louis Bonaparte, 28 February 1807

Great & good friend

Having recieved your letter of Sep. last which notifies your accession to the throne of Holland, I tender you in behalf of the US my congratulations on this event. connected with that nation by the earliest ties of friendship, & maintaining with them uninterrupted relations of peace & commerce, no event which interests their welfare can be indifferent to us. it is therefore with great pleasure I receive the assurances of your Majesty that you will continue to cherish these antient relations; and we shall, on our part, endeavor to strengthen your good will by a faithful observance of justice, & by all the good offices which occasion shall permit. distant as we are from the powers of Europe, & devoted to pursuits which separate us from their affairs, we still look with brotherly concern on whatever affects those nations, & offer constant prayers for their welfare.   with a friendly solicitude for your Majesty’s person, I pray God, that he may always have you, great & good friend, in his holy keeping.

Done Etc   28th. of Feb. 1807.


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