From Thomas Jefferson
Monticello Sep. 12. 09.
I had intended to have been with you before this, but my daughter, who wishes to pay her respects to mrs. Madison & yourself at the same time, has been confined by the illness of her youngest child. He has been mending for some days, but slowly, & from the nature of his complaint (visceral) it will be some days yet before she can leave him. I think therefore, on the departure of our present company to take my journey to Bedford, from which I shall be returned in time to see you. I certainly shall not fail to be with you before your departure. I have another letter from Daschkoff.1 He is just recovering from a serious illness. I judge from his letter that he means to visit our quarter as soon as he is well enough to travel. Canning’s equivocations degrade his government as well as himself. I despair of accomodation with them, because I believe they are weak enough to intend seriously to claim the ocean as their conquest, and think to amuse us with embassies & negociations until the claim shall have been strengthened by time & exercise, and the moment arrive when they may boldly avow what hitherto they have only squinted at. Always Your’s with sincere affection
FC (DLC: Jefferson Papers).
1. André de Daschkoff to Jefferson, 2 Sept. 1809 (ibid.).