Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Maria Jefferson Eppes
|Washington Oct. 26. 1801.|
it would be a great satisfaction to me ... to have the enjoiment of family society for a few days undisturbed. nothing can repay me the loss of that society, the only one founded in affection and bosom confidence ... it is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. I feel it when we are all together & alone beyond what can be imagined.