Monticello Jan. 7. 20.
I have duly recieved your favor of Dec. 30. with a pamphlet on pauperism, and a request of my opinion on the subject. but the state of my health is such, as well as the injunctions of my physician as to oblige me to withdraw from the labors of the writing table to which I am no longer equal. the evil of pauperism is great, and growing pari passe with our great cities, to which all the dissipated flock to indulge their propensities in the country we know little of it, and are therefore little qualified to propose the remedy. this as well as the disease will, I am sure, be understood by those to whom they are familiar; and I have no doubt that the conclusions of your committee are founded in that wisdom which experience alone can give. unable myself to aid them with any new light on the subject, they have still my best wishes for success; and with my thanks for the kind communication of their pamphlet, I pray to accept assurances of my high respect
MoSHi: Thomas Jefferson Collection (formerly Bixby).