Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 1 eBook

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just also.  Justice indeed, on our part, will save us from those wars which would have been produced by a contrary disposition.  But how can we prevent those produced by the wrongs of other nations?  By putting ourselves in a condition to punish them.  Weakness provokes insult and injury, while a condition to punish, often prevents them.  This reasoning leads to the necessity of some naval force; that being the only weapon with which we can reach an enemy.  I think it to our interest to punish the first insult:  because an insult unpunished is the parent of many others.  We are not, at this moment, in a condition to do it, but we should put ourselves into it, as soon as possible.  If a war with England should take place, it seems to me that the first thing necessary, would be a resolution to abandon the carrying trade, because we cannot protect it.  Foreign nations must, in that case, be invited to bring us what we want, and to take our productions in their own bottoms.  This alone could prevent the loss of those productions to us, and the acquisition of them to our enemy.  Our seamen might be employed in depredations on their trade.  But how dreadfully we shall suffer on our coasts, if we have no force on the water, former experience has taught us.  Indeed, I look forward with horror to the very possible case of war with an European power, and think there is no protection against them, but from the possession of some force on the sea.  Our vicinity to their West India possessions, and to the fisheries, is a bridle which a small naval force, on our part, would hold in the mouths of the most powerful of these countries.  I hope our land office will rid us of our debts, and that our first attention then will be, to the beginning a naval force, of some sort.  This alone can countenance our people as carriers on the water, and I suppose them to be determined to continue such.

I wrote you two public letters on the 14th instant, since which I have received yours of July the 13th.  I shall always be pleased to receive from you, in a private way, such communications as you might not choose to put into a public letter.

I have the honor to be, with very sincere esteem, Dear Sir,

your most obedient, humble servant,

Th:  Jefferson.



Paris, August 28, 1735.

Dear Sir,

I wrote you on the 5th of July by Mr. Franklin, and on the 12th of the same month by Monsieur Houdon.  Since that date, yours of June the 16th, by Mr. Mazzei, has been received.  Every thing looks like peace here.  The settlement between the Emperor and Dutch is not yet published, but it is believed to be agreed on.  Nothing is done, as yet, between him and the Porte.  He is much wounded by the confederation of several of the Germanic body, at the head of which is the King of Prussia, and to which

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