Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe
|Monticello Oct. 16. 16|
Great Britain, in her pride and ascenden[cy], has certainly hated and despised us beyond every earthly object. her hatred may remain1, but the hour of her contempt is past; and is succeede[d] by dread; not a present, but a distant and deep one. it is the greater, a[s] she feels herself plunged into an abyss of ruin from which no human mea[ns] point out an issue. we also have more reason to hate her than any nati[on] on earth.
October 16, 1816