Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Volney
|Monticello Apr. 9. 97.|
I have been in the enjoiment of our delicious spring. the soft genial temperature of the season, just above the want of fire, enlivened by the reanimation of birds, flowers, the fields, forests & gardens, has been truly delightful & continues to be so ... indeed my experience of the different parts of America convinces me that these mountains are the Eden of the US. for soil, climate, navigation & health.