Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison

I return you mr Coxe’s letter which has cost me much time at two or three different attempts to decypher it. had I such a correspondent I should certainly admonish him that if he would not so far respect my time as to write to me legibly, I should so far respect it myself as not to waste it in decomposing and recomposing his hieroglyphics.

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “James Madison.”
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
James Madison
Date Range
Date
October 18, 1823
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Quote Category