Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Law, 3 April 1806

Apr. 3. 06.

Th: Jefferson presents his friendly salutations to mr Law, and returns him the Agitations with thanks for the perusal. both it’s poetry & prose have been read with pleasure, and it’s philosophy is sound. the disease of the mind, ennui, for which the English have no name, tho’ like others they know it’s afflictions, and sometimes end them by the halter, finds it’s true remedy in agitation or occupation, and both the disease & the remedy have been wisely allied by nature, the one to idleness as it’s punishment, the other to industry as it’s reward.


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