Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush

my present course of life admits less reading than I wish. from breakfast, or noon at latest, to dinner, I am mostly on horseback, attending to my farms or other concerns, which I find healthful to my body, mind, & affairs: and the few hours I can pass in my cabinet, are devoured by correspondences; not those with my intimate friends, with whom I delight to interchange sentiments, but with others who, writing to me on concerns of their own in which I have had an agency, or from motives of mere respect and approbation, are entitled to be answered with respect and a return of good will. my hope is that this obstacle to the delights of retirement will wear away with the oblivion which follows that, and that I may at length be indulged in those studious pursuits, from which nothing but revolutionary duties would ever have called me.

PoC (DLC). Published in PTJRS, 3:304–8.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
Benjamin Rush
Date Range
Date
January 16, 1811
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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