Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Currie
|Paris Aug. 4. 1787.|
I know no condition happier than that of a Virginia farmer might be, conducting himself as he did during the war. his estate supplies a good table, clothes itself & his family with their ordinary apparel, furnishes a small surplus to buy salt, sugar, coffee, & a little finery for his wife & daughter, enables him to receive & to visit his friends, and furnishes him pleasing & healthy occupation ... my habits are formed to those of my own country. I am past the time of changing them & am therefore less happy any where else than there.