The Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson
FOREIGN RELATIONS / BRITAIN
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