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HE common maxim, that "blood will tell," is as well enforced in the case of Thomas Jefferson as of George
Washington, or any other conspicuous character. Though it must never be forgotten that some other things. "will tell," also. Work will tell; virtue will tell; persistent effort will tell; manhood, worth, courage will tell; all good qualities have a telling force. Not all good blood tells fór great character. In families of the best blood, only a few become conspicuous. Though good blood is a good thing, there are better things-strong mind; noble will; virtuous heart; resolute high-mindedness.
The ancestors of Thomas Jefferson, on his father's side, were of good Welsh stock, occupying good places in society in the mother country, and exhibiting strong force of character and rightness of purpose. They did not deteriorate in their change of home. The forest did not hurt them; the new experiences rather developed their power.
Virginia was begun as a settlement as early as 1607, thirteen years before the Mayflower reached Plymouth Rock. The ancestors of Jefferson were some of the early comers. They took up large landed estates, and became thrifty and influential. Peter Jefferson, the father of Thomas, was born February