… the second removal was called for by the high tone of remonstrance [a written declaration of opposition], to … [dispel] the belief that I was afraid to perform the duties of my office…
Source: To Gideon Granger, July 21, 1801
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Strong leaders understand the necessity of demonstrating authority.
I think (but cannot document) Jefferson was referring to removing a last minute Adams appointee in Connecticut, described in a recent post. The written opposition (remonstrance) to Jefferson’s choice listed all the reasons why he could not possibly replace this fine Federalist with a 77 year old republican.
Jefferson did make the replacement and wrote a lengthy and gracious explanation to the complainants. In this letter to a trusted friend, he gave an additional reason: I did it to show them that I could, that I was not reluctant to use my authority, even in the face of their opposition. Perhaps because of their opposition.
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Originally posted at http://ThomasJeffersonLeadership.com
The Moral Liberal Thomas Jefferson Editor, Patrick Lee, is a professional speaker, actor and writer. Since 1990, he has inspired, entertained and educated audiences from Maine to Hawaii with his authentic, first person leadership presentations as President Thomas Jefferson, Frontiersman Daniel Boone, and Lewis & Clark Co-Leader William Clark. He also appears as himself, The Hopeful Humorist™, with a program of motivational humor, patriotism and inspiration.