Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thomas Jefferson: Food for Thought

Perhaps a half-felt sense of inadequacy caused Jefferson to order that no mention of his presidency be chiseled into the stone that marks his grave.

In 1805 Jefferson had passed the age of sixty, a fact of more than ordinary significance since the story of his life is in part the story of a gradual shedding of youthful enthusiasms.

Bradford Perkins, Prologue to War: England and the United States 1805-1812.

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