Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Lehré, 18 January 1809

Charleston Jany: 18th: 1809

Dear Sir

I am happy to inform you, on my way here from Columbia, and from information received since, from different parts of this State, that the printed documents laid by you before Congress, (which have been sent on by our Members) have made a very strong impression upon the public mind here, and has carried conviction to the mind of every candid Man,—That you have done every thing in your power, consistent with the honor and dignity of our Country, to preserve us in peace with all the World—Therefore, should you be compelled to resort to the dradful altirnative of War, be assured, Sir, that you will be as warmly supported by this State, in proportion to her means, as any State in the Union.—Mr. Giles speech, has also been sent to us by our Members in Congress—we have had it re-printed in almost all our papers here.—It has produced a wonderful effect, and silenced the Federalists about French Influence—He has also, completely exposed the diabolical views and conduct of Timothy Pickering &ca.—it reflects great credit upon him, and will serve to immortalice his name as a true friend to his Country.—

Almost every day furnishes just proof, of the Enthusiasm of our Fellow Citizens to defend their Country—Whole Companies, Battallions, & Regiments, are constantly offering themselves as Volunteers, the only contest among our Militia at present seems to be, who shall be the first to have the honor, to take the field against the enemies of their Country.—However, do not suppose from the above, that there are no persons here apposed to you. on the contrary, your friends will know, that there is a Junto, who are actuated by the same Principles as the Essex Junto are, & who could make any Sacrifice, however great, to destroy, or overturn the happy Republican System of Government you have established.—Therefore, Mr. Maddison, who is now become equally the object of their hatred, from his well Known attachment to the true Principles of our Government, in my humble opinion, will do well for his own sake, as well as for the Interest of our Country, to cultivate, as early as possible, an acquaintance with all your influential friends, not only in this State, but in every other State in the Union, in order that he may from time, to time be informed of what schemes the said Junto may fall upon, or what Plans they may adopt, to render him & his Administration unpopular, so as to be enabled to defeat and Counteract them.—In pursuance of the Resolutions adopted last Session at Columbia, by our House of Representatives, recommending that Associations should be formed to prevent any violations of the Embargo Law, a numerous meeting of Patriotic Citizens took place, at Meids Hotel upon the Bay, they appointed a Chairman, & a Committee of 45 persons to carry the said Law into effect.—I am fearful the Patronage of our government, has been bestowed upon some men void of every principle of Gratitude, and who do not possess that asterity, and firmness that they ought, nor are they attached to our administration with that Zeal that is requisit especially in these trying times, otherwise we should not see our Chief Magastrate, our Government, & our Laws so often, unjustly abused as they have been.—With all due deference to you, I have taken the Liberty to speak & give my opinion upon a subject with candor, and in confidence, If in doing so, I have erred, I trust your goodness will attribute it to no other motive, but to the effusions of a Heart warmed by every principle of gratitude for the happiness our Country has enjoyed under your auspices.—In hopes we shall experience the same under Mr. Maddison’s Administration, I conclude with wishing you in retirement, all the blessings that can be injoyed in

With every sentiment of esteem I am Dr. Sir Your Obedt. Humble Servte.

Tho: Lehré

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