Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 1 eBook

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your most obedient, humble servant,

Th:  Jefferson.

LETTER CV.—­TO BARON GEISMER, September 6, 1785


Paris, September 6, 1785.

Dear Sir,

Your letter of March the 28th, which I received about a month after its date, gave me a very real pleasure, as it assured me of an existence which I valued, and of which I had been led to doubt.  You are now too distant from America, to be much interested in what passes there.  From the London gazettes, and the papers copying them, you are led to suppose that all there is anarchy, discontent, and civil war.  Nothing, however, is less true.  There are not on the face of the earth, more tranquil governments than ours, nor a happier and more contented people.  Their commerce has not as yet found the channels, which their new relations with the world will offer to best advantage, and the old ones remain as yet unopened by new conventions.  This occasions a stagnation in the sale of their produce, the only truth among all the circumstances published about them.  Their hatred against Great Britain, having lately received from that nation new cause and new aliment, has taken a new spring.  Among the individuals of your acquaintance, nothing remarkable has happened.  No revolution in the happiness of any of them has taken place, except that of the loss of their only child to Mr. and Mrs. Walker, who, however, left them a grandchild for their solace, and that of your humble servant, who remains with no other family than two daughters, the elder here (who was of your acquaintance), the younger in Virginia, but expected here the next summer.  The character in which I am here, at present, confines me to this place, and will confine me as long as I continue in Europe.  How long this will be, I cannot tell.  I am now of an age which does not easily accommodate itself to new manners and new modes of living:  and I am savage enough to prefer the woods, the wilds, and the independence of Monticello, to all the brilliant pleasures of this gay capital.  I shall, therefore, rejoin myself to my native country, with new attachments, and with exaggerated esteem for its advantages; for though there is less wealth there, there is more freedom, more ease, and less misery.  I should like it better, however, if it could tempt you once more to visit it:  but that is not to be expected.  Be this as it may, and whether fortune means to allow or deny me the pleasure of ever seeing you again, be assured that the worth which gave birth to my attachment, and which still animates it, will continue to keep it up while we both live, and that it is with sincerity I subscribe myself, Dear Sir,

your friend and servant,

Th:  Jefferson.

LETTER CVI.—­TO JOHN LANGDON, September 11, 1785


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