Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Walter Jones

I am sensible how far I should fall short of effecting all the reformation which reason would suggest and experience approve, were I free to do whatever I thought best. but when we reflect how difficult it is to move or inflect the great machine of society, how impossible to advance the notions of a whole people suddenly to ideal right, we see the wisdom of Solen’s remark that no more good must be attempted than the nation can bear.

RC (DLC). PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 33:506.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
Walter Jones
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Date
March 31, 1801
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Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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