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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1493
AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: The second office of this government is honorable & easy, the first is but a splendid misery.
ATTRIBUTION: Vice President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Elbridge Gerry, May 13, 1797.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 7, p. 120 (1896).
SUBJECTS: Presidency