The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson

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Harper, 1871 - Presidents - 432 pages
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Page 423 - HERE WAS BURIED THOMAS JEFFERSON, AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA ; because by these, as testimonials that I have lived, I wish most to be remembered.
Page 36 - Caesar had his Brutus,— Charles the First, his Cromwell,— and George the Third"— "Treason," cried the speaker— "treason, treason," was echoed from every part of the house.
Page 324 - Behold, here I am ; witness against me before the Lord, and before his anointed ; whose ox have I taken ? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded ? whom have I oppressed ? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith ? and I will restore it you. And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken aught of any man's hand.
Page 412 - s the happy man that may to thy blest courts repair ; Not stranger-like to visit them, but to inhabit there ? 'T is he whose every thought and deed by rules of virtue moves ; Whose generous tongue disdains to speak the thing his heart disproves...
Page 265 - Upstairs there is the oval room, which is designed for the drawing-room, and has the crimson furniture in it. It is a very handsome room now; but, when completed it will be beautiful. If the twelve years in which this place has been considered as the future seat of government had been improved, as they would have been if in New England, very many of the present inconveniences would have been removed. It is a beautiful spot, capable of every improvement, and, the more I view it the more I am delighted...
Page 59 - Mr. Jefferson is the first American who has consulted the fine arts to know how he should shelter himself from the weather.
Page 26 - I am certain that this mode of deciding on my conduct, tended more to correctness than any reasoning powers I possessed. Knowing the even and dignified line they pursued, I could never doubt for a moment which of two courses would be in character for them. Whereas, seeking the same object through a process of moral reasoning, and with the jaundiced eye of youth, I should often have erred.
Page 119 - I am in hopes it will arrive a little before I shall, and give me an opportunity of judging whether you have got the better of that want of industry which I began to fear would be the rock on which you would split. Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
Page 404 - To myself you have been a pillar of support through life. Take care of me when dead, and be assured that I shall leave with you my last affections.
Page 92 - He is vain, irritable and a bad calculator of the force and probable effect of the motives which govern men. This is all the ill which can possibly be said of him.

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