Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe

this Missouri question by a geographical line of division is the most portentous one I have ever contemplated. King is ready to risk the union for any chance of restoring his party to power and wriggling himself to the head of it. nor is Clinton without his hopes nor scrupulous as to the means of fulfilling them. I hope I shall be spared the pain of witnessing it either by the good sense of the people, or by the more certain reliance, the hand of death.

RC (DLC: Monroe Papers). PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ.

his party: the Federalist Party.

Thomas Jefferson
James Monroe
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March 20, 1820
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