THOMAS JEFFERSON ON FISHING
> I have a cousin who will be celebrating his 8oth birthday soon. He is >an ardent fly fisherman, and an enthusiastic follower of Thomas >Jefferson. He also appreciates good humor. >` I am preparing a letter for his birthday, and would like to include >some Jefferson quotations. Can you suggest a source on the internet >where I can find some that relate to Jefferson and perhaps to fishing? >Thanks very much. Below are a few quotes from Jefferson that relate to fish and fishermen which, perhaps, could be presented in a humorous way. For general quotes from Jefferson related to politics and government, you can search my website, Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government. There is a search function at that site, which could assist you in finding quotes containing specific words. Best wishes, Eyler Coates "I think it a duty in those entrusted with the administration of their affairs, to conform themselves to the decided choice of their constituents; and that therefore, we should in every instance preserve an equality of right to them in the transportation of commodities, in the right of fishing, and in the other uses of the sea." --Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1785. ME 5:94 "To ... foster our fisheries and nurseries of navigation and for the nurture of man ... --these, fellow citizens, are [among] the landmarks by which we are to guide ourselves in all our proceedings." --Thomas Jefferson: 2nd Annual Message, 1802. ME 3:348 "The condition of the laboring poor in most countries, that of the fishermen particularly of the Northern states, is as abject as that of slaves." --Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography. "We are told of a certain Vedius Pollio, who, in the presence of Augustus, would have given a slave as food to his fish, for having broken a glass." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia.
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