The PastNow blog has a very interesting approach to history, presenting events and often first-person writings from dates exactly 200 years in the past. I thought this was a fascinating piece showing a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to his son-in-law, with a prescient message about the importance of language education. So many people today are enraged when they hear “Press 1 for English” on a telephone menu, so I wonder what they would think to read this letter from one of our founding fathers.