Recently I find myself in dire straits. I haven't heard from Mr. Meises, since our last meeting of urgency. He may perhaps hold the key to my time travelling situation, and the longer I am stuck here in this new age, the more I grow weary of this busybody life. I have been here, my friends, a little over 1 year. In fact, to this day, one year ago, was when I wrote my first Enternet letter to you. Since then it has been a confusing experience for me and for Daniel, and those around us that I care about so.
Tho' I hear so little from you I hope my thoughts do transcend the limitations of space or even time, and perhaps becomes immemorial, as I wish for all my letters I have written throughout the course of my life. It's always been a mistake for men to collect their journals of secrets, intended never to be read by another. A man's true journal as well as his heart lies in his letters, each one meant to be read by at least one soul - that to whom it is addressed. These are the true testament of his character.
I believe in respect and dignity, although I have had little time for either since finding myself in this new and confusing time. I compiled my notes last night, and realize I am about halfway done with the letter which I intend to address to Congress, may it find it's mark today or yesterday, I know not yet. I believe in a way God has put me here to observe something, that thing it has not yet come to pass, so I remain.
James was gone, he had decided to participate in the protesting outside the Republican National Convention. I can barely tolerate his presence, and thus appreciate his absence. Me and Daniel had a conversation briefly last night after watching part of the convention which James so prudently rushed off to denounce.
I decided that since Daniel did not care to consume these notes, that I would dispense them to you. These were jotted quickly down upon my notecards, during the course of his speech.
I will collect my thoughts another time. I have too much on my mind as of now. This morning I was met with dismay as the unattended dog James left here managed to bloody my poor turtle to death. I, in my sorrow, could not take the presence of the dog any longer. Mr. Capitalism will be remembered for being a faithful and steady pet, who would return with me the faith I invest in him, a cordial guest I hoped would stay with us longer, but is indeed, dead. My first reaction was to shout down Daniel in anger and disgust, but remembering the good lessons I have taught others, I decided instead to count to 200 before speaking. I approach now calm and cooler, hopefully with the perspective necessary to finally convince this household to get rid of the filthy beast, who is so carelessly untrained and unwatched. How wreckless can people be?
to yourself I tender sincere wishes of friendship & respect.
- TH. Jefferson
P.S. Daniel had some news for me, just 5 minutes ago, as I was getting ready to deliver this letter to you.
Me: Oh boy.
Yep, wish TeeJ a happy birthday, this journal is one year old today. I thank all of you for reading and hope you look forward to the future of TeeJ as much as I do.
This entry ends a long series of updates themed around Jefferson's "Decalogue of Canons for observation in practical life". For the last 10 updates, with exception to the "Big Race" update, the title and theme of each update was based around one of 10 rules, ending with the final rule in this update. The full list, which is really just a good list of advice for anyone,
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, a hundred.
Jefferson wrote out this original list for a young man who was named in his same namesake, Thomas Jefferson Smith. Here's the letter which he included the list in... I like to believe Mr. Jefferson intended the insight for all of us.
To Thomas Jefferson Smith, February 21, 1825
This letter will, to you, be as one from the dead. The writer will be in the grave before you can weigh its counsels. Your affectionate and excellent father has requested that I would address to you something which might possibly have a favorable influence on the course of life you have to run, and I too, as a namesake, feel an interest in that course. Few words will be necessary, with good dispositions on your part. Adore God. Reverence and cherish your parents. Love your neighbor as yourself, and your country more than yourself. Be just. Be true. Murmur not at the ways of Providence. So shall the life into which you have entered, be the portal to one of eternal and ineffable bliss. And if to the dead it is permitted to care for the things of this world, every action of your life will be under my regard. Farewell.
- TH. Jefferson
While we're inflecting on what it means to live a good life, Jefferson also included a short poem with that same letter...
The portrait of a good man by the most sublime of poets, for your imitation...
Lord, who's the happy man that may to thy blest courts repair;
Not stranger-like to visit them but to inhabit there?
'Tis he whose every thought and deed by rules of virtue moves;
Whose generous tongue disdains to speak the thing his heart disproves.
Who never did a slander forge, his neighbor's fame to wound;
Nor hearken to a false report, by malice whispered round.
Who vice in all its pomp and power, can treat with just neglect;
And piety, though clothed in rages, religiously respect.
Who to his plighted vows and trust has ever firmly stood;
And though he promise to his loss, he makes his promise good.
Whose soul in usury disdains his treasure to employ;
Whom no rewards can ever bribe the guiltless to destroy.
The man, who, by his steady course, has happiness insur'd.
When earth's foundations shake, shall stand, by Providence secur'd.
The above notes TeeJ took during the Bush address was taken straight from a transcript of Bush's speech from his campaign website. I would've had TeeJ elucidate them a little more but honestly I tried to limit the content to something I felt TeeJ would've pointed out.
Citing quotes used in the above entry,
"Independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government." - To Thomas Ritchie, 1820
This next quote was modified and used to refer to Muslim terrorists instead of Napoleon, I felt the context of being tyrannical still fit,
"Bonaparte hates our government because it is a living libel on his." - To William Duane, 1810
The quote "Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have." is often attributed to Jefferson, but I'm uncertain if he actually said it because I could not find the source. Some people are out claiming it is not a Jefferson quote. I personally believe it is, but if it isn't, it's surely something Jefferson would've believed.
One last quote used that was definitely a Jefferson original...
"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none." Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
It's a pity to see such good advice go to waste. Observe Jefferson's canons if you have the time and remember them. Monticello.org is even selling a small framed version of these ten rules which you can hang on your wall, and while it looks a little overpriced, I think I'll buy one for my wall one of these days.