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Jefferson's Official Delicacy

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Jefferson was olear in his great offine, and he lived up to his great principies. Beijag asked by a noig-hborto wiito simiothing that sbould help Mm into Congress, Jefferson said, " Froin a very eatly iaoment oí' my lite, I detonnimd never to intermeddfe with elections by the people, and hava invariably adhered to this detoi niination." Mucli as he loved bis oid i'riend and secretary, Villiam Shorf, ho would not assist hiin to soll tho Ht tic public stock which ho possess 1, sayinfï, "I would do anythmg my iuty would permit; but were I to advise j'our agent (who is bimself a stock-dealer) to sell out yours at this or that moment, it would be used aa a sigúal to guide specalation." Inviled to aharo in i pro; i i on, ho decliu tho ground that a publio man sbouzd rve his niind free froin all possible lias of in'terest. When the fugitivos 'rom the St Domingo massacre arrivod n 1783, dostitute and miserable, he wrote to Monroe : " Xever was so deep a tragedy presentad to the feelings ot' man. I ]ony the power of the general government to apply money to sucli a purpose, but I deny it with a bloeding heart. It loloDgs to the State governments. Fray urgè ours to be liberal." In his Prench tackage exime one day a letter from the wite of ü groom in the stables of tho Duke A Oiïeans in Paris, addressed to her sis;er, a loor womsn who lived ftfteen miles from Monticello. lie was uareful ;o eujoin it apon his daughter, not merey to forward the letter, but to send it :o the woman's house by a special


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