Well, Page, I do wish the Devil had old Cooke, for I am sure I never was so tired of an old dull scoundrel in my life ... But the old-fellows say we must read to gain knowledge; and gain knowledge to make us happy and be admired. Mere jargon! Is there any such thing as happiness in this world? No...
This very day, to others the day of greatest mirth and jollity, sees me overwhelmed with more and greater misfortunes than have befallen a descendant of Adam for these thousand years past I am sure.
agreed with mr Moore that he shall level 250 f. square on the top of the mountain at the N E end by Christmas, for which I am to give 180 bushels of wheat, and 24 bushels of corn, ... if there should be any solid rock to dig we will leave to indifferent men to settle that part between us
Decoration of paper machee for a ceiling 14 f. 4 I. sq. divided into 6 + 2 compartments, and resembling as much as may be Gibbs’ rules for drawg pl. 58. upper figure, & Palladio B. 4. Pl. 26. fig. C.D.F.
four good fellows, a lad & two girls of abt 16. each in 8 ½ hours dug in my cellar of mountain clay a place 3.f. deep, 8 f. wide & 16 ½ f. long = 142/3 cubical yds. ... in digging my dry well, at the depth of 14 f. I observed one digger, one filler, one drawer … it was a yellow rotten...
Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the author of nature, because necessary for his own...
I have lately removed to the mountain ... I have here but one room, which, like the cobler’s, serves me for parlour for kitchen and hall. I may add, for bed chamber and study too.
a lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics and divinity that ever were written.
Let the exit of the spiral ... look on a small and distant part of the blue mountains. In the middle of the temple an altar, the sides of turf, the top a plain stone.
‘The pride, the pèrfume of the regions round’ Shenstone. Elegy. 16. ‘The fragrance of the bean’s perfùme’ ib. Ode on rural elegance.
the glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
the whole art of government consists in the art of being honest.
the god who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time
America was conquered, and her settlements made and firmly established, at the expence of individuals, and not of the British public. their own blood was spilt in acquiring lands for their settlement, their own fortunes expended in making that settlement effectual. for themselves they fought, for...
can any one reason be assigned why 160,000 electors in the island of Great Britain should give law to four millions in the states of America
it is neither our wish nor our interest to separate from her.
this, Sire, is our last, our determined resolution ... to procure redress of these our great grievances, to quiet the minds of your subjects in British America against any apprehensions of future incroachment, to establish fraternal love and harmony thro’ the whole empire
the frize to be ornamented with human figures as in Palladio B. 4. pl. 13.14.15.
our attachment to no nation on earth should supplant our attachment to liberty.
I am sorry the situation of our country should render it not eligible to you to remain longer in it. I hope the returning wisdom of Gr. Br. will e’er long put an end to this unnatural contest.
I am sincerely one of those, & would rather be in dependance on Gr. Br. properly limited than on any nation upon earth, or than on no nation. but I am one of those too who rather than submit to the right of legislating for us assumed by the British parl. & which late experience has shewn...
my first wish is a restoration of our just rights
beleive me Dear Sir there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a Union with Gr. Britain than I do.
Number of souls in my family in Albemarle
Mr Jefferson had the Reputation of a masterly Pen.