Partial Draft

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 45: 11 November 1804 to 8 March 1805
(Princeton University Press, 2021), 639
[before 8 Feb. 1805]
h. 11.I am happy in observing the union[1] of sentiment which has taken place in the great mass of our country, with some[2] local exceptions only. the union of sentiment is now as general as can[3] be expected among a people having the right to think speak & write with freedom: & perhaps as is desirable,[4] some difference of opinion being useful as it assumes[5] the office of Censor on the public functionaries &[6] warns them against deviations from the line of duty. if violations[7] of truth & decency[8] sometimes offend the public eye, the laws of the states are sufficient for their punmt: but perhaps the[9] enlightened & just estimate which the public is able to make of these outrages[10] is the most efficacious agent for consigning them to oblivion
Dft (DLC: TJ Papers, 128:22128); in TJ’s hand; undated, but prior to Madison’s remarks on full draft received 8 Feb.; on same sheet as unrelated notes for draft of 1801 annual message, [before 12 Nov. 1801], and notes for draft of 1803 annual message, [before 1 Oct. 1803].

[1.] Word interlined in place of “consolidation.”

[2.] Word interlined.

[3.] TJ here canceled “perhaps.”

[4.] Word interlined in place of “useful, a certain degree of.”

[5.] Word interlined in place of “performs.”

[6.] TJ here canceled “keeps them alive to.”

[7.] Word interlined in place of “outrages.”

[8.] Word interlined above “decorum,” which TJ did not cancel.

[9.] TJ here canceled “public indignation.”

[10.] Word interlined above “indecencies,” which TJ did not cancel.