Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William G. Munford

I am among those who think well of the human character generally. I consider man as formed for society, and endowed by nature with those dispositions which fit him for society. I believe also ... that his mind is perfectible to a degree of which we cannot as yet form any conception. it is impossible for a man who takes a survey of what is already known, not to see what an immensity in every branch of science yet remains to be discovered, & that too of articles to which our faculties seem adequate.

RC (NNC, Teachers College). PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 31:128–30.
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June 18, 1799