Quotation by Thomas Jefferson

When the course of events shall have removed you to distant scenes of action where laurels not nurtured with the blood of my country may be gathered, I shall urge sincere prayers for your obtaining every honor and preferment which may gladden the heart of a soldier.
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), U.S. president. Letter, November 30, 1780, to Johann Ludwig de Unger. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 4, p. 171, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).

Written to a British mercenary during the American Revolution.
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