Thomas Jefferson

      I think the following quotation from Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper apologizing for some of the arrogant observations he had recorded to literature in his youth as a voracious reader says it about as well as can be said.

"They were written in a time of life when I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way. This must be the apology, if you find the conclusions bolder than historical facts and principles will warrant."

Please enjoy my European journal with the same warning.