Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe

I sincerely wish you may find it convenient to come here. the pleasure of the trip will be less than you expect, but the utility greater. it will make you adore your own country, it’s soil, it’s climate, it’s equality, liberty, laws, people & manners. my god! how little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. while we shall see multiplied instances of Europeans going to live in America, I will venture to say no man now living will ever see an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe & continuing there.

RC (ViWC). PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 8:233.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
James Monroe
Date Range
Date
June 17, 1785
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
Repository
ViWC
Quote Category