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October 28, 1814 – June 19, 1815

The war (of 1812) turned out not to be a topic of interest for the two men. Jefferson writes, “In the first place, Peace, God bless it!” and that’s that. (The Treaty of Ghent was ratified in February 1815.)

Ever feel overwhelmed by the state of public education and the magnitude of raising kids? You are not alone. JA to TJ: “Education, which you brought into View in one of your Letters, is a Subject so vast, and the Systems of Writers are so various and so contradictory: that human Life is too short to examine it; and a Man must die before he can learn to bring up his Children.”

Wishing you had something more to say at your book club? Courtesy of Mr Adams: “You are all Heluones Librorum [Gluttons for Books].”

Feeling like you’ve read one too many Harry Potters and need to step things up a bit? Motivation from Mr. Jefferson: “I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object.”

Don’t say I never shared words of wisdom.

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