Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Thomson, 7 October 1807

October 7th.
Abingdon, Virginia—

The letters of your excellency this day received, has induced me to transmit, my little work, I have to solicit, your indulgence for innumerable errors. Buried in obscurity I prefer it to a sacrifice, of the principles, I have cherished through life—My language in some instances has been too acrimonious for men “whose timid souls, shrink from the avowal of truth in the words of sincerity and independance—When the vital principles of our Liberty are attacked, the enemy deserves not that respect which has been manifested during the late State Trials—I have spoken with warmth because I have felt it—

I am happy to find, you believe my style worthy be more laborious, although not more interesting work. I have sought with avidity the most authentic documents, should they be reduced to order & method, permit me to solicit the Liberty of affixing your name to it; In doing this, I flater myself, it will be esteemed the homage of respect & esteem, from one who was born, to more elevated prospects, than those which are at present exhibited to his view—

Believe me Sir, with every sentiment of respect

William Thomson


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