Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

If there is a gratification which I envy any people in this world it is to your country [Italy] its music. This is the favorite passion of my soul, and fortune has cast my lot in a country where it is in a state of deplorable barbarism.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, June 8, 1778, to Giovanni Fabbroni. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 2, p. 196, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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