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Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 27 Aug. 1786 [Quote]

knowlege indeed is a desireable, a lovely possession, but I do not scruple to say that health is more so. it is of little consequence to store the mind with science if the body be permitted to become debilitated. if the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong. the sovereign invigorator of the...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush, 17 Aug. 1811 [Quote]

I have had a long attack of rheumatism, without fever, & without pain while I kept myself still. a total prostration of the muscles of the back, hips, & thighs deprived me of the power of walking, and leaves it still in a very impaired state. a pain, when I walk, seems to have fixed...