Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Maria Jefferson (Eppes)

be good my dear, as I have always found you never be angry with any body, nor speak harm of them, try to let every body’s faults be forgotten, as you would wish yours to be, take more pleasure in giving what is best to another than in having it yourself, & then all the world will love you & I more than all the world.

RC (ViU). Published in PTJ, 16:331–2.
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April 11, 1790
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