Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Smith, 20 October 1806

Washington Oct. 20. 06

Dear Sir

Your favor on the subject of the brig Lucy has been recieved. I regretted extremely the trouble which my letter of the 15th. had proposed to you in a moment when your afflicted state was not known here. the knolege of your unfortunate loss came here in the evening after my letter had been put into the post office. I was instantly sensible how ill-timed it had been. the philosophy which would pretend to extinguish the feelings of a man, is as false as it is vain. to grieve over the loss of a dear connection, is the law of nature; and she has not left her laws under human controul. I have had experience enough in this school of affliction to know that time & silence are it’s best medecines, & occupation as soon as the state of the mind can bear it.   mr Buchanan was so kind as to attend to the enquiry proposed in my letter, & to give me immediate information of the result; & my hope is that the package sent to my friend has not miscarried altogether. accept my assurances of the sincere interest I have felt in your loss & my friendly salutations & best wishes for your happiness.

[Th: Jefferson]


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