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In Their Own Words

June 11, 1811

Thomas Jefferson Wrote to John Milledge

Gov. John Milledge and Pres. Thomas Jefferson established a friendship while simultaneously holding office. Their correspondence continued even after both had retired from public life. After writing in detail on various aspects of his plantation, Jefferson wrote the following to Milledge:

“… I have written you quite a farmer’s letter. I am done with politics and have banished all its passions, except the love of free government. Tho’ you are too young to have bid adieu to the public councils, yet I presume your present occupation, like mine, is purely agricultural. Our family joins me in their respects to Mrs. Milledge & wishes for her health, as well as in the assurances of entire esteem & respect for yourself.”

Source: Harriet Milledge Salley (ed.), Correspondence of John Milledge, Governor of Georgia, 1802-1806 (The State Commercial Printing Company, Columbia, S.C., 1949), p. 158.