Washington Feb. 28. 09.
My dear Sir
By yesterday’s mail I learn that it would be the desire of many of the good citizens of our county to meet me on the road on my return home, as a manifestation of their good will. but it is quite impossible for me to ascertain the day on which I shall leave this. the accumulated business at the close of a session will prevent my making any preparation for my departure till after the 4th. of March. after that the arrangement of papers and business to be delivered over to my successor, the winding up my own affairs & clearing out from this place will employ me several days, (I cannot conjecture even how many,) so as to render the commencement, and consequently the termination of my journey altogether uncertain. but it is a sufficient happiness to me to know that my fellow citizens of the county generally entertain for me the kind sentiments which have prompted this proposition, without giving to so many the trouble of leaving their homes to meet a single individual. I shall have opportunities of taking them individually by the hand at our court house & other public places, & of exchanging assurances of mutual esteem. certainly it is the greatest consolation to me to know that in returning to the bosom of my native county, I shall be again in the midst of their kind affections: and I can say with truth that my return to them will make me happier than I have been since I left them. nothing will be wanting on my part to merit the continuance of their good will. the H. of R. passed yesterday, by a vote of 81. to 40. the bill from the Senate repealing the embargo the 4th. of Mar. except against G.B. & France & their dependancies establishing a non intercourse with them & having struck out the clause for letters of Marque & reprisal, which it is thought the Senate will still endeavor to reinstate. I send you a paper containing the last Spanish news.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.