Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

The application requisite to the duties of the office I hold [governor of Virginia] is so excessive, and the execution of them after all so imperfect, that I have determined to retire from it at the close of the present campaign.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, September 13, 1780, to Richard Henry Lee. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 3, p. 643, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).
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