Envisaging the West: Thomas Jefferson and the Roots of Lewis and Clark


Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe

Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, May 26, 1801
Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson writes to James Monroe of business dealings and then mentions his fear that Spain would cede Louisiana and the Floridas to the French.

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Washington, May 26th, 1801

Dear Sir.

In mine of the 22d I forgot to write on the subject of Callender, tho' I had reserved that, for some time, to make a part of the letter. D. M. R. has contrived to put the money in such a situation that I find we could not lay our hands on it without giving room for specious criticisms. That would be a gratification to which he is not entitled. It will moreover strengthen the reasons for laying the whole subject before Congress that they may not only refund but indemnify the sufferers under the sedition act. To take from Callender particularly all room for complaint I think with you we had better refund his fine by private contributions. I enclose you an order on Gibson & Jefferson for 50. D. which I believe is one fourth of the whole sum.

There is considerable reason to apprehend that Spain cedes Louisiana and the Floridas to France. It is a policy very unwise in both, and very ominous to us.

Accept assurances of my affectionate respect.
Th: Jefferson