Tranquillity is the summum bonum of a Septagenaire.
To John Melish, January 13, 1813
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Leaders place a high value on maintaining inner peace.
I tried but failed to find something Jefferson wrote 200 years ago today, as the year 1813 opened for him. This letter 13 days later to a Scottish immigrant map-maker was the closest I could come.
Much of this long letter dealt with differences between the federalist and republican camps. Jefferson might express his views privately but only to trusted individuals who would respect his confidences. He had little stomach for contention as a public man and even less in his retirement.
At the end of this discourse on politics, he reminded Melish of his strong desire to stay out of the public eye. As a man in his 7th decade of life, tranquility … the absence of contention … was his “summum bonum,” the highest good.
Invite Thomas Jefferson to inspire your audience to their “highest good.”
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