Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Jesse Torrey, 5 January 1822

To Jesse Torrey

[Monticello]1 Jan. 5. 22.

I thank you Sir for the copy of the 2d edn of2 your Moral Instructor. I had read the 1st edn with great satisfn and encoraged it’s reading in my family.3 I do not4 think the 2d edn has gained by the omission of the extracts from Volney’s l. of nature. it’s publication will be useful, but age & a stiffd wrist rendering writing very irksome and5 painful to me, I cannot embark in the promotion of that publicn because it would subject me to considble6 writing which is now the oppression of my life. leaving it to younger hands therefore7 with my wishes for it’s success accept the assurances of my great respects

Dft (MHi); on address cover of RC of Torrey to TJ, 24 Dec. 1821. Extract printed in Torrey, The Moral Instructor, and Guide to Virtue (4th ed., rev., Philadelphia, 1824), ix.

1Word supplied from Moral Instructor.

2Preceding four words not in Moral Instructor.

3Extract in Moral Instructor ends here.

4TJ here canceled “however.”

5Preceding two words interlined.

6Word interlined in place of “more.”

7Preceding six words interlined.

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  • aging; TJ on his own search
  • books; on moral philosophy search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; receives works search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; fatiguing or painful to search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; aging search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; wrist injury search
  • moral philosophy; works on search
  • The Law of Nature (Volney) search
  • The Moral Instructor, and Guide to Virtue and Happiness (J. Torrey) search
  • Torrey, Jesse; letter to search
  • Torrey, Jesse; The Moral Instructor, and Guide to Virtue and Happiness search
  • Volney, Constantin François Chasseboeuf, comte de; The Law of Nature search