Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

Long accustomed to the use of European manufactures, [the Cherokee Indians] are as incapable of returning to their habits of skins and furs as we are, and find their wants the less tolerable as they are occasioned by a war [the American Revolution] the event of which is scarcely interesting to them.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, November 11, 1779, to John Rutledge. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 3, p. 179, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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