Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William Clark

You mention in your letter that you are proceeding with your family to Fort Massac. this informs me that you have a family, & I sincerely congratulate you on it. while some may think it will render you less active in the service of the world, those who take a sincere interest in your personal happiness, and who know that by a law of our nature we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family, will rejoice for your sake as I do.

RC (MoSHi: William Clark Papers). PoC (DLC). Published in PTJRS, 1:511.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
William Clark
Date Range
Date
September 10, 1809
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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