The Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson

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The late change in the ministry I consider as insuring us a just settlement of our differences, and we ask no more. . . . No two countries upon earth have so many points of common interest and friendship; and their rulers must be great bunglers indeed, if, with such dispositions, they break them asunder. The only rivalry that can arise is on the ocean. England may, by petty larceny thwartings, check us on that element a little, but nothing she can do will retard us there one year's growth.

to James Monroe, 4 May 1806