The Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson
FOREIGN RELATIONS / SPAIN
I cannot say I am anxious about the Spanish treaty; in giving up the
province of Texas, we gave up a sugar country sufficient for the
supply of the United States. I would rather keep that and trust to the
inevitable falling of Florida into our mouths. It is true, however,
that present peace is secured by the exchange.
to Henry Dearborn, 5 July 1819