Mount Vernon, October 24, 1798.
Sir: I have your favor of the 17th. instant before me; and my only
motive to trouble you with the receipt of this letter, is to explain,
and correct a mistake which I perceive the hurry in which I am obliged,
often, to write letters, have led you into.
It was not my
intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles
of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no
one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.
The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies,
endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or
pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of
seperation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument
employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may
have had these objects; and actually had a seperation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.