Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

the banks, bankrupt law, manufactures, Spanish treaty are nothing. these are occurrences which like waves in a storm will pass under the ship. but the Missouri question is a breaker on which we lose the Missouri country by revolt, & what more, God only knows. from the battle of Bunker’s hill to the treaty of Paris we never had so ominous a question.

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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Thomas Jefferson
John Adams
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December 10, 1819
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