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The Jeffersonian cyclopedia;

a comprehensive collection of the views of Thomas Jefferson classified and arranged in alphabetical order under nine thousand titles relating to government, politics, law, education, political economy, finance, science, art, literature, religious freedom, morals, etc.;

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2636. ENGLAND, Friendly advances of.—
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2636. ENGLAND, Friendly advances of.—

Our successors have deserved well of
their country in meeting so readily the first
friendly advance ever made to us by England.
I hope it is the harbinger of a return to the
exercise of common sense and common good
humor, with a country with which mutual
interests would urge a mutual and affectionate
intercourse. But her conduct hitherto has
been towards us so insulting. so tyrannical
and so malicious, as to indicate a contempt
for our opinions or dispositions respecting
her. I hope she is now coming over to a
wiser conduct, and becoming sensible how
much better it is to cultivate the good will
of the government itself, than of a faction
hostile to it; to obtain its friendship gratis
than to purchase its enmity by nourishing at
great expense a faction to embarrass it, to
receive the reward of an honest policy rather
than of a corrupt and vexatious one. I trust
she has at length opened her eyes to federal
falsehood and misinformation, and learned, in
the issue of the Presidential election, the folly
of believing them. Such a reconciliation to
the government, if real and permanent, will
secure the tranquillity of our country, and
render the management of our affairs easy
and delightful to our successors, for whom
I feel as much interest as if I were still in
their place. Certainly all the troubles and
difficulties in the government during our
time proceeded from England; at least all
others were trifling in comparison with them.—
To Henry Dearborn. Washington ed. v, 455.
(M. June. 1809)