Extract from Partial Draft of Thomas Jefferson to James Maury
|[15 June 1815]|
I trouble you now with a piece of business. on the destruction of the library of Congress, I thought it a duty to offer them mine. I had been 50. years collecting it, with good opportunities, and it’s selection, more than it’s number of volumes had peculiarly adapted it to their uses. I must now buy again, for books are the best medecine for the ennui of age.