Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Melish

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.

PoC (DLC). Published in PTJRS, 8:133.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
John Melish
Date Range
Date
December 10, 1814
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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