Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
It is, therefore, with the sincerest pleasure I have observed on the part of the British government various manifestations of a just and friendly disposition towards us; we wish to cultivate peace and friendship with all nations, believing that course most conducive to the welfare of our own; it is natural that these friendships should bear some proportion to the common interests of the parties.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Sir John Sinclair, July 31, 1816.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 15, p. 54 (1904).