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Th. J. to Mr. Gallatin.
The words "ere long" and "systems of fortifications" were omitted by oversight in correcting the copy I sent you yesterday. I had made both those amendments in the original. But I have struck out the passage about fortifications altogether, for the principle that where there is a difference of opinion it is better to say too little than too much. Affectionate salutations.
- President Jefferson
- The writings of Albert Gallatin, Vol I, Henry Adams