A family found a letter from Thomas Jefferson from 1815 to the U.S. Ambassador to France about the victory in the War of 1812:

“As in the Revolutionary War, [the British] conquests were never more than of the spot on which their army stood, never extended beyond the range of their cannon shot,” Jefferson wrote in the letter, penned at his Monticello home on Valentine’s Day, 1815. “We owe to their past follies and wrong the incalculable advantage of being made independent of them. . . ”

The Raab Collection has priced the document at $325,000:

“This kind of letter is only seen up for sale once a decade, if not once a generation,” Nathan Raab told FoxNews.com. “You just never see this for purchase by the public. These types of letters that are owned by direct descendants are usually donated to private collections.”

In the letter, Jefferson railed against the British and propped up future president Andrew Jackson’s victory at New Orleans to Ambassador William Crawford:

“We must sacrifice the last dollar and drop of blood to rid us of that badge of slavery, and it must rest with England alone to say whether it is worth eternal war, for eternal it must be if she holds to the wrong.”

Jefferson noted future president Gen. Andrew Jackson’s seminal victory at the Battle of New Orleans — the final battle of the War of 1812 — that led to America’s victory.

“It proved. . . that New Orleans can be defended both by land & water; that the Western country will fly to its relief . . . that our militias are heroes when they have heroes to lead them on,” he wrote.

Jefferson also comments on Napoleon’s demise and how it eventually worked to America’s advantage.

“[His] downfall was illy timed for us,” he said. “It gave to England an opportunity to turn full handed on us, when we were unprepared. No matter. We can beat her on our own soil . . .”

The War of 1812 actually lasted until February 18, 1815, and included the capture and destruction of our capital. Some even celebrated the end of the war as a “second war of independence.”

The British started the war since they attempted to “restrict U.S. trade, the Royal Navy’s impressment of American seamen and America’s desire to expand its territory.” At the time, England faced battles with France, who helped us win our independence from the crown. Great Britain wanted neutral countries “to obtain a license from its authorities before trading with France or French colonies.” The Royal Navy ticked off America even more when they removed “seamen from U.S. merchant vessels and forcing them to serve on behalf of the British.”

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