Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Jefferson (17431826)
That peace, safety, and concord may be the portion of our native land, and be long enjoyed by our fellow-citizens, is the most ardent wish of my heart, and if I can be instrumental in procuring or preserving them, I shall think I have not lived in vain.
President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Benjamin Waring and others, March 23, 1801.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 10, p. 235 (1903).