Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from William Darlington, 11 March 1805

Westchester, Penna. March 11th. 1805

Much Respected Sir

Knowing your predilection for all subjects which have any relation to, or influence over the welfare of man, I have presumed to obtrude the accompanying sheets upon your view—not in consequence of any thing important contained in them; but because a subject is touched upon which I conceive to have a much greater influence upon mankind, whether considered with respect to health, morals, or government, than they are generally aware of—and of which a philosophical knowledge, and judicious application of the principles, would in my opinion, tend much to promote the Happiness of the human race;—viz. the power of Habit. Another inducement to this intrusion upon your time and pursuits, although perhaps less pertinent, yet not less pleasing, is that I may declare with how much Respect and Esteem I am your sincere (tho’ unknown) Friend,

W Darlington

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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