Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison

you see I am an enthusiast on the subject of the arts. but it is an enthusiasm of which I am not ashamed, as it’s object is to improve the taste of my countrymen, to increase their reputation, to reconcile to them the respect of the world & procure them it’s praise.

RC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 8:534–37.
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September 20, 1785
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