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But let me beseech you, Sir, not to let this letter get into a newspaper. Tranquillity, at my age, is the supreme good of life. I think it a duty, and it is my earnest wish, to take no further part in public affairs. The abuse of confidence by publishing my letters has cost me more than all other pains.

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Source Notes: Source: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Charles Hammond, August 18, 1821.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 15, p. 331 .

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