Thomas Jefferson to Wythe, 29 May 1786

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"Thomas Jefferson to Wythe, 29 May 1786." Image from the Library of Congress, The Thomas Jefferson Papers.

Dear Sir          Paris May 29. 1786.
    This will be handed you by Mr. Paradise, a Græcian & honest man by birth, a gentleman & man of learning by education, & our countryman by choice the most national of all titles. I need not say more to ensure him all the services you can render him. He has a heart which will repay your attentions with overflowing of gratitude. Probably he will want your counsels, perhaps too your encouragement to do what you shall find for his interest; for he is of a temperament disposing him to recoil from difficulties rather than meet & surmount them. This is a false calculations, for by shrinking from a small pain, it often rears upon us from another quarter with double force. His interests & inclinations would have led him to Virginia, but a singular dread which he has of thunder and the informations he had gathered that it is formidable about Williamsburg seemed to leave him fixed in England. I told him that many years residence. Both in the lower & upper county, & particular observations enabled me to tell him, that there was infinitely less in the latter than former. He goes to try this, & the result on his sensations will determine him ultimately. Present are affectionately to Mis Wythe & be assured of the sincere esteem with which I am Dear Sir your friend & servt.
                        Th. Jefferson