August 5 1812: Jefferson Letters

On August 5, 1812, Thomas Jeffereson is writing to his friends the General Thaddeus Kosciusko of Poland, and President James Madison.

To General Thaddeus Kosciusko                                        Monticello, August 5, 1812.
Dear General,— I have little to add to my letter of June We have entered Upper Canada, and I think there can be no doubt of our soon having in our possession the whole of the St. Lawrence except Quebec.  We have at this moment about two hundred privateers on the ocean, and numbers more going out daily.  It is believed we shall fit out about a thousand in the whole.  Their success has been already great, and I have no doubt they will cut up more of the commerce of England than all the navies of Europe could do, could those navies venture to sea at all.  You will find that every sea on the globe where England has any commerce, and where any port can be found to sell prizes, will be filled with our privateers.  God bless you and give you a long and happy life.

To James Madison                                                    Monticello, August 5, 1812.
Dear Sir,— I am glad of the re-establishment of a Percival ministry.  The opposition would have recruited our minority by half way offers.  With Canada in hand we can go to treaty with an off-set for spoliation before the war.  Our farmers are cheerful in the expectation of a good price for wheat in Autumn.  Their pulse will be regulated by this, and not by the successes or disasters of the war. To keep open sufficient markets is the very first object towards maintaining the popularity of the war, which is as great at present as could be desired.  We have just had a fine rain of 1¼ inches in the most critical time for our corn.  The weather during the harvest was as advantageous as could be. I am sorry to find you remaining so long at Washington.  The effect on your health may lose us a great deal of your time;  a couple of months at Montpelier at this season would not lose us an hour.  Affectionate salutations to Mrs. Madison and yourself.

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