Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

I fancy it must be the quantity of animal food eaten by the English which renders their character insusceptible of civilisation. I suspect it is in their kitchens and not in their churches that their reformation must be worked, and that Missionaries of that description from [France] would avail more than those who should endeavor to tame them by precepts of religion or philosophy.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, September 25, 1785, to Abigail Adams. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 8, pp. 548-549, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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