“…they promise an ardent and active co-operation”

Aaron Burr to his son-in-law Joseph Alston – referencing a Jefferson address to Congress:

“One idea contained in this message is much applauded by our ladies.  They unite in the opinion that the ‘energies of the men ought to be principally employed in the ‘multiplication of the race,’ and in this they promise an ardent and active co-operation.  Thus, then, is established the point of universal coincidence in political opinion, and thus is verified the prophetic dictum, ‘we are all republicans, we are all federalists.’  I hope the fair of your state will equally testify their applause of this sentiment; and I enjoin it on you to manifest your patriotism and your attachment to the administration by ‘exerting your energies’ in the manner indicated.”

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