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Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 5 May 1817 [Quote]

I do not entertain your apprehensions for the happiness of our brother Madison in a state of retirement. such a mind as his, fraught with information, and with matter for reflection, can never know ennui. besides, there will always be work enough cut out for him to continue his active usefulness...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Josephus B. Stuart, 10 May 1817 [Quote]

You say I must go to writing history. while in public life, I had not time: and now that I am retired, I am past the time. to write history requires a whole life of observation, of enquiry, of labor and correction. it’s materials are not to be found among the ruins of a decayed memory. at this...

Extract from Joseph C. Cabell to Thomas Jefferson, 18 Aug. 1817 [Quote]

P. S. I have just copied the your manuscript on meteorological subjects, in which you have condensed a vast variety of most instructive & amusing information. It is astonishing how you could find time, in the midst of your other engagements to make such a prodigious number of observations. I...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 8 Sept. 1817 [Quote]

I have lately recieved a pamphlet of extreme interest from France. it is De Pradt’s historical recital of the first return of Louis XVIII to Paris. it is precious for the minutiae of the proceedings which it details, and for their authenticity, as from an eye witness. being but a pamphlet, I...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to George Ticknor, 25 Nov. 1817 [Quote]

this last establishment will probably be within a mile of Charlottesville, and four from Monticello, if the system should be adopted at all by our legislature who meet within a week from this time. my hopes however are kept in check by the ordinary character of our state legislatures, the members...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Waterhouse, 3 Mar. 1818 [Quote]

when I contemplate the immense advances in science, and discoveries in the arts which have been made within the period of my life, I look forward with confidence to equal advances by the present generation; and have no doubt they will consequently be as much wiser than we have been, as we than...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Burwell, 14 Mar. 1818 [Quote]

A great obstacle to good education is the in ordinate passion prevalent for novels, and the time lost in that reading which should be instructively employed. when this poison infects the mind, it destroys it’s tone, and revolts it against wholsome reading. reason and fact, plain and unadorned,...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Nathaniel Burwell, 14 Mar. 1818 [Quote]

female education ... has occupied my attention so far only as the education of my own daughters ... I thought it essential to give them a solid education which might enable them, when become mothers, to educate their own daughters, and even to direct the course for sons, should their fathers be...