Nov. 3. 1808—
The accompanying papers exhibit another melancholy instance of the remark of Erasmus—“Homo homini lupus”— As, however, these unhappy men, Hansen, Tingey and Cassin, in their mutual accusations, have asked for a Court of Enquiry they are, I presume, as is usual in such cases, to be indulged. Although many of the allegations, thus brought by these men against one another, may not be established, yet I have my fears, that, “Iliacos intra muros peccatur & extra.”
You will not let these papers take your attention from subjects, which at this moment are entitled to almost your whole time. A few days delay will not be material—
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.