Memoirs, Correspondence, and Private Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Late President of the United States, Volume 2

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H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1829

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Page 87 - I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
Page 268 - And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance ? Let them take arms.
Page 278 - This reliance cannot deceive us, as long as we remain virtuous ; and I think we shall be so, as long as agriculture is our principal object, which will be the case while there remain vacant lands in any part of America. When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become corrupt as in Europe, and go to eating one another as they do there.
Page 269 - The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Page 275 - Let me add that a bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences.
Page 276 - Smaller objections are, the appeals on matters of fact as well as laws; and the binding all persons, legislative, executive, and judiciary by oath, to maintain that constitution. I do not pretend to decide, what would be the best method of procuring the establishment of the manifold good things in this constitution, and of getting rid of the bad. Whether by adopting it, in hopes of future amendment; or after it...
Page 85 - The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
Page 275 - ... opposed by strong inferences from the body of the instrument, as well as from the omission of the clause of our present confederation which had declared that in express terms.
Page 294 - You know that nobody wishes more ardently to see an abolition, not only of the trade, but of the condition of slavery ; and certainly nobody will be more willing to encounter every sacrifice for that object.
Page 382 - Vice-Consuls shall exercise police over all the vessels of their respective nations, and shall have on board the said vessels all power and jurisdiction in civil matters, in all the disputes which may there arise ; they shall have an entire inspection over the said vessels, their crew, and the changes and substitutions there to be made; for which purpose they may go on board the said vessels whenever they may judge it necessary. Well understood that the functions hereby allowed shall be confined...

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