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Th. Jefferson returns the enclosed report to Mr. Gallatin with his entire approbation and affectionate salutations.
P.S. - On reconsideration, the use of the words " temporary" and " permanent," in the sixth page, applied to the embargo, may give countenance to the Federal charge and clamor, as if we had really contemplated it as a permanent measure; and although the idea, as here explained, is just, yet they will seize and use the wwd without the explanation. Would not some change, as proposed in the enclosed paper, express your idea without the use of the words which may be so misrepresented ?
Paragraph 6, line 8, dele "considered as temporary measures which will ultimately" and insert " after a certain time to."
Line 12, dele " shall be adopted as a permanent system during the continuance of the existing foreign hostilities" and insert " are to have equal continuance with the existing foreign hostilities," or preferably, "are to have equal continuance with the belligerent edicts, indefinite as that is."
Again, paragraph 7, line 1, dele "are therefore" and insert " need therefore be."
- President Jefferson
- The writings of Albert Gallatin, Vol I, Henry Adams