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"I have labored long and hard to procure ... I have labored hard also in persuading others to ... Habit yields with ... "
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP It is a singular anxiety which some people have that we should all think alike. Would the world be more beautiful were all our faces alike? were our tempers, our talents, our tastes, our forms, our wishes, aversions and pursuits cast exactly in the same mould? If...
Thomas Jefferson Leadership The confederation of the States, while on the carpet before the old Congress, was strenuously opposed by the smaller States, under apprehensions that they would be swallowed up by the larger ones. We were long engaged in the discussion; it produced great heats, much ill humor, and...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP   Heart: A few facts .. to prove to you that nature has not organized you for our moral direction. When the poor wearied souldier whom we overtook at Chickahomony with his pack on his back, begged us to let him get up behind our chariot, you...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have safely received the copy of your history of the American revolution ... it is a happy circumstance for our country that it’s fortunes interest the eloquent writers of your country and through them find their way to the notice of the world ... inasmuch as...
Effective leaders keep their partners in leadership well-informed. "… when the nations of Europe are in commotion and arming against each other … a meeting of the representatives of the nation in both Houses of Congress has become more than usually desirable…"
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP   Heart: In short, my friend , as far as my recollection serves me, I do not know that I ever did a good thing on your suggestion, or a dirty one without it ... I shall never envy nor controul your sublime delights. But leave me to...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Two persons of the name of Millar have offered themselves to me as overseers at farms which I have in Bedford ... they say they are from the neighborhood of Fauquier C. H. & have been brought up there. but they are provided with no recommendations....
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP   Heart: If our country, when pressed with wrongs at the point of the bayonet , had been governed by its heads instead of its hearts, where should we have been now? Hanging on a gallows as high as Hamans. You began to calculate & to compare wealth...
"… I send you 3 doz. bottles of Madeira, being the half of a present which I had laid by for you ... Within this week we have received the unhappy news of an action of considerable magnitude, between the King's troops and our brethren of Boston …" May 7, 1775
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I am sorry to find by your letter that you are become so recluse. to be 4. or 5. months without descending your stairs … I have admired nothing in the character of your nation more than the chearfulness & love of society which they preserve...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … in desiring us to look out for some proper place to which insurgent negroes may be sent … Sierra Leone was fixed on as the place … the blacks then in England were carried thither … mr Thornton, the British Chargé des affaires here,...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I consider the fortunes of our republic as depending, in an eminent degree, on the extinguishment of the public debt, before we engage in any war. because, that done, we shall have revenue enough to improve our country in peace, & defend it in war, without recurring...
Thomas Jefferson Leadership ... some are of opinion that attempts at conciliation are useless. this is true only as to distinguished leaders who had committed themselves so far that their pride will not permit them to correct themselves. but it is not true as to the mass of those...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I recieved yesterday evening your letter … informing me of the death of mrs Washington:         witness of her constant course in whatsoever was benevolent and virtuous in life, had marked her in my judgment as one of the most estimable of women, and had inspired me...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP seeing the impossibility that special vindications should ever keep pace with the endless falshoods invented & disseminated against me, I came at once to a resolution to rest on the justice & good sense of my fellow citizens, to consider from my general character and conduct thro’...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Your letter of March 25th has been a cordial to me, and the more consoling as it was brought by your Grandsons Mr Randolph and Mr Coolidge … how happens it that you Virginians are all sons of Anak, we New Englanders, are but Pygmies by the...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP the session of the first congress, convened since republicanism has recovered it’s ascendancy , is now drawing to a close. they will pretty compleatly fulfil all the desires of the people … the people are nearly all united, their quondam leaders infuriated with the sense of...
Thomas Jefferson Leadership Averse to recieve addresses, yet unable to prevent them, I have generally endeavored to turn them to some account, by making them the occasion by way of answer, of sowing useful truths & principles among the people, which might germinate and become rooted among their political tenets. To...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP My grandson Th: Jefferson Randolph, being on a visit to Boston, would think he had seen nothing were he to leave it without having seen you … like other young people, he wishes to be able, in the winter nights of old age, to recount to those...