Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph
|Lake Champlain May. 31|
on the whole I find nothing any where else in point of climate which Virginia need envy to any part of the world. here they are locked up in ice and snow for six months. Spring and autumn, which make a paradise of our country, are rigorous winter with them, and a Tropical summer breaks on them all at once. when we consider how much climate contributes to the happiness of our condition, by the fine sensations it excites, & the productions it is the parent of, we have reason to value highly the accident of birth in such an one as that of Virginia.