Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson Randolph
|Monticello Apr. 16. 10.|
I would advise you, as an exercise, to write a letter to somebody every morning, the first thing after you get up. as most of the business of life, & all our friendly communications are by way of letter, nothing is more important than to acquire a facility of developing our ideas on paper; and practice alone will give this. take pains at the same time to write a neat round, plain hand, and you will find it a great convenience through life to write a small & compact hand as well as a fair & legible one.
RC (MHi: Coolidge Collection). Published in PTJRS, 2:335.
April 16, 1810