The Writings of Thomas Jefferson: Correspondence, contin

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J. C. Riker, 1854

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Stran 461 - That I have utterly, in my private conversations, disapproved of the system of the Secretary of the Treasury, I ackowledge and avow ; and this was not merely a speculative difference. His system flowed from principles adverse to liberty, and was calculated to undermine and demolish the Republic, by creating an influence of his department over the members of the Legislature.
Stran 370 - ... not only with justice and equity, but with that spirit of conciliation, which, on the return of the blessings of peace, should universally prevail.
Stran 558 - To suppress their callings, the only means perhaps of their subsistence, because a war exists in foreign and distant countries, in which we have no concern, would scarcely be expected. It would be hard in principle, and impossible in practice. The law of nations, therefore, respecting the rights of those at peace, does not require from them such an internal derangement in their occupations.
Stran 107 - The people cannot assemble themselves ; their representation is unequal and vicious. Various checks are opposed to every legislative proposition. Factions get possession of the public councils. Bribery corrupts them. Personal interests lead them astray from the general interests of their constituents ; and other impediments arise so as to prove to every practical man that a law of limited duration is much more manageable than one which needs a repeal. This principle that the earth belongs to the...
Stran 69 - The National Assembly (for that is the name they take) having shown, through every stage of these transactions, a coolness, wisdom, and resolution to set fire to the four corners of the kingdom, and to perish with it themselves rather than to relinquish an iota from their plan of a total change of government, are now in complete and undisputed possession of the Sovereignty. The executive and aristocracy are at their feet ; the mass of the nation, the mass of the clergy, and the army are with them...
Stran 455 - Information has been received that the government of West Florida has established an agent within the territory of the United States, belonging to the Creek Indians, and it is even pretended that that agent has excited...
Stran 376 - ... which have been confiscated, belonging to real British subjects, and also of the estates, rights and properties of persons resident in districts in the possession of his majesty's arms, and who have not borne arms against the said United States.
Stran 102 - I sit down to write to you without knowing by what occasion I shall send my letter. I do it because a subject comes into my head which I would wish to develope a little more than is practicable in the hurry of the moment of making up general despatches. The question Whether one generation of men has a right to bind another, seems never to have been started either on this or our side of the water.
Stran 468 - I will not suffer my retirement to be clouded by the slanders of a man, whose history, from the moment at which history can stoop to notice him, is a tissue of machinations against the liberty of the country which has not only received and given him bread, but heaped its honors on his head.
Stran 364 - Should an honest majority result from the new and enlarged representation; should those acquiesce whose principtes or interest they may control, your wishes for retirement would be gratified with less danger, as soon as that shall be manifest, without awaiting the completion of the second period of four years. One or two sessions will determine the crisis; and I cannot but hope that you can resolve to add more to the many years you have already sacrificed to the good of mankind.