1. The honeymoon would be as short in that case [election to the Presidency] as in any other, and its momentary ecstasy would be ransomed by years of torment and hatred.
2. The second office of the government [Vice-President] is honorable and easy, the first [President] is but a splendid mystery.
3. I am tired of an office where I can do no more good than many others who would be glad to be employed in it. To myself, personally, it brings nothing but unceasing drudgery and daily loss of friends. Every office becoming vacant, every appointment made, me donne un ingrat, et cent ennemis [I get one ingrate and 100 enemies]. My only consolation is in the belief that my fellow citizens at large will give me credit for good intentions.
4. I hail the day which is to relieve me from being viewed as an official enemy. In private life, I never had above one or two.
1. To Edward Rutledge, Dec. 1796, 6909
2. To Elbridge Gerry, 1797, 6911
3. To John Dickenson, Jan. 1807
4. To William Short, 1807, 2604
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Few leaders will be this realistic about the top job.
Jefferson was still in “retirement” from public life when he wrote the first letter. He was Vice-President when he wrote the second. The third and fourth came after he’d spent six years in that “splendid misery.”
Does this make you wonder why so many would seek that office?
“You showed a genuine interest in our people and the influences
that move them individually and as corporate executives.”
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The Moral Liberal Thomas Jefferson Editor, Patrick Lee, is a professional speaker, actor and writer. Since 1990, he has inspired, entertained and educated audiences from Maine to Hawaii with his authentic, first person leadership presentations as President Thomas Jefferson, Frontiersman Daniel Boone, and Lewis & Clark Co-Leader William Clark. He also appears as himself, The Hopeful Humorist™, with a program of motivational humor, patriotism and inspiration.