Extract from the Diary of John Quincy Adams

3. ... Mr Jefferson said that the Epicurean philosophy came nearest to the truth, in his opinion, of any antient system of philosophy—But that it had been misunderstood and misrepresented—He wished the work of Gassendi concerning it had been translated—It was the only accurate account of it extant—I mentioned Lucretius—He said that was only a part—only the natural philosophy–But the moral philosophy was only to be found in Gassendi

MS (MHi: John Quincy Adams Diary, Adams Family Papers), 27:315.
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November 3, 1807