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Extract from Edmund Randolph to James Madison, 20 Sep. 1782 [Quote]

Mrs Jefferson has at last shaken off her tormenting pains by yielding to them, and has left our friend inconsolable. I ever thought him to rank domestic happiness in the first class of the chief good; but I scarcely supposed, that his grief would be so violent, as to justify the circulating...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 15 Mar. 1784 [Quote]

all the world is becoming commercial. was it practicable to keep our new empire separated from them we might indulge ourselves in speculating whether commerce contributes to the happiness of mankind. but we cannot separate ourselves from them. our citizens have had too full taste of the comforts...