the glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
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Oh I wish you was well enough to come to us tomorrow to dinner and stay the Evening ... I would Serve you and help you at dinner, and divert your pain after dinner by good Musik.
for assuredly nobody will care for him who cares for nobody. but friendship is precious not only in the shade but in the sunshine of life: and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.
I am never happier than when I am performing good offices for good people; and the most friendly office one can perform is to make worthy characters acquainted with one another.
Mr de liniers à lhonneur dengager Monsieur de jeffreson a une partie de chesse au poire et au melon aller. il lui sera obligée de vouloir bien rendre reponse par ecrit au commissionnaire.
I am much indebted to you for your attention to my commission about the books, and am well pleased that those which went above the prices I noted, were not purchased. sensible that I labour grievously under the malady of Bibliomanie, I submit to the rule of buying only at reasonable prices, as to...
Altho’ the times are big with political events, yet I shall say nothing on that or any subject but the innocent ones of botany & friendship.
I receive with pleasure this recognition & renewal of our former acquaintance, and shall be happy to continue it by an exchange of epistolary communications. your’s to me will be always welcome; your first gives me information in the line of Natural history, & the second (not yet recieved...
call on me, in your turn, whenever you come to town: and if it should be about the hour of three, I shall rejoice the more. You will find a bad dinner, a good glass of wine, and a host thankful for your favor, and desirous of encouraging repetitions of it without number, form or ceremony.
I find that my earliest affections are my strongest.
tell Ellen, Cornelia & Virginia how d’ ye, give my affectionate esteem to your Papa & to your Mama my constant love. for yourself I deliver numberless kisses to this letter which you are to take from it. I hope in a few days we shall all be happy together at Monticello.
My blessings to your little ones, love to you all, and friendly how d-ye’s to my good neighbors.
I write from a place which I visit occasionally, near the New London of this state, 90. miles from Monticello, and where I have not the means of examining whether I have let pass the annual period pass over of saying ‘all’s well’ and ‘how d’ye do’?
I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk, & restorative cordial.
I cannot act as if all men were unfaithful because some are so; nor believe that all will betray me, because some do. I had rather be the victim of occasional infidelities, than relinquish my general confidence in the honesty of man.
experience of every loss which can rend the human heart has taught me that time and occupation are the only medicines for grief.
Mr Correa ... is perhaps the most learned man in the world. not merely in books, but in men & things. and a more amiable & interesting one I have never seen.
come as you will, or as you can, it will always be joy enough to me.
you will find me in habitual good health, great contentedness, enfeebled in body, impaired in memory, but without decay in my friendships.
I regret that distance separates us so widely. an hour of conversation would be worth a volume of letters. but we must take things as they come.
I might have manifested my dissatisfaction by a silent reserve of all answer: but this would have offered a blank, which might have been filled up by erroneous imputations of sentiment. I prefer candid and open expression.
wherever I have been, it has been my good fortune to meet with or to make ardent and affectionate friends.
a line from my good old friends is like balm to my soul.