7 December 2015
[JEFFERSON, Thomas.] National Intelligencer. Washington City, 27 October 1807. Broadside folio (20x13in.), printed in four-columns. Some staining along right edge.
A FINE PRINTING OF JEFFERSON’S 1807 ANNUAL MESSAGE TO THE CONGRESS, touching on the tumultuous events of that year, especially the Chesapeake-Leonard confrontation, which led to Jefferson’s sweeping, and wildly unpopular, embargo. He discusses his reluctant preparations for a possible war: “The love of peace so much cherished in the bosoms of our citizens, which has so long guided the proceedings of their public councils and induced forbearance under so many wrongs, may not insure our continuance in the quiet pursuits of industry… I have called on the States for quotas of militia, to be in readiness for present defense, and have, moreover, encouraged the acceptance of volunteers; and I am happy to inform you that these have offered themselves with great alacrity in every part of the Union. They are ordered to be organized and ready at a moment’s warning to proceed on any service to which they may be called…” To Jefferson’s relief, peace was maintained. It fell to his successor to wage war with Britain in 1812.
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