Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

But is an enemy so execrable that tho in captivity his wishes and comforts are to be disregarded and even crossed? I think not. It is for the benefit of mankind to mitigate the horrors of war as much as possible.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, March 27, 1779, to Patrick Henry. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 2, p. 242, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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