Richmond March the 1th [. . .] 1809
your are about to retire from the helm of a beloved country and independent nation which you have Steared with thruth and patriotism when the peace of our country was disturbed you hasten to prevent further hostilitys. your measures which our government took to court peace with the belegerent powers of europe is disregarded and our ministers in london and paris is grossly insulted i hope as long as the blessed Sun Shines on us we will Preserve our independence which our forefathers dearly Bought with there blood and i hope that every true american will pledge there lives and property to Save there country from the yoke of a foreighn nation and i cincerly Hope whoever takes your chair will follow your example for the welfare of our country let no man charges you with dishonour after your retirement as every true american patriot knows your principle the dare not i have but one more remark to make with cincere Regret that traitors goes unpunished in our country at present when your lamp of life is extinguised may Your old grey hairs Sink down in the grave with peace and happiness for ever i hope that your excellency will Consider these few lines worthy of and answer
I remain Yours with higs Respect
ViW: Jefferson Papers, Tucker-Coleman Collection.