>Thank you for providing insight and access to Mr. Jefferson. > >I do not wish to impose upon your busy endeavors, but if you are aware of >the 12 moral suggestions made by Jefferson to his daughter, or >granddaughter, could you refer a citation to me or a copy of them? >I believe I once read them on the wall at the visitor center near Monticello >and haven't been able to find them since. > >One of the suggestions related to not purchasing something just >because it >is cheap, and another related that any task performed willingly is never >a burden. What you are probably looking for is the list below, sent by Jefferson to a namesake, Thomas Jefferson Smith, from Monticello, February 21, 1825. The letter, plus a poem and this "Decalogue of Canons," can be found in the Library of America volume of Jefferson's Writings, ed. by Merrill Peterson, pg. 1499. That book should be available in any public library. _A Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life_. 1. Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day. 2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. 3. Never spend your money before you have it. 4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. 5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold. 6. We never repent of having eaten too little. 7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. 8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. 9. Take things always by their smooth handle. 10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
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