Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William Henry Harrison

to promote this disposition to exchange lands which they have to spare & we want, for necessaries, which we have to spare & they want, we shall push our trading houses and be glad to see the good & influential individuals among them run in debt, because we observe that when these debts get beyond what the individuals can pay, they become willing to lop th[em off] by a cession of lands.

PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 39:590.
Thomas Jefferson
William Henry Harrison
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February 27, 1803
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