Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Melish
|Monticello Dec. 10. 14.|
instead of fearing and endeavoring to crush our prosperity, had they cultivated it in friendship, it might have become a bulwark instead of a breaker to them. there has never been an administration in this country which would not gladly have met them more than half way on the road to an equal, a just, & solid connection of friendship and intercourse. and as to repressing our growth, they might as well attempt to repress the waves of the ocean.