Thought for the Day – September 12th, 2013

09-12

Jefferson, Thomas.Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, May 27, 1788. Letter. From Library of Congress, The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1. General Correspondence. 1651-1827. http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mtj1&fileName=mtj1page009.db&recNum=456 (accessed September 9th, 2013).
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FULL QUOTE: “Of the correction of this Article however I entertain no present hope, because I find it has scarcely excited an objection in America. And if it does not take place ere long, it assuredly never will. The natural progress of things is for liberty to yeild, & government to gain ground. As yet our spirits are free. Our jealousy is only put to sleep by the unlimited confidence we all repose in the person to whom we all look as our president. After him inferior characters may perhaps succeed and awaken us to the danger which his merit has led us into.”
NOTE: (“Yeild” is Thomas Jefferson’s original spelling, and one that he used with a fair degree of frequency: there are approximately 70 usages of “yeild” in letters authored by Jefferson in the Papers of Thomas Jefferson in the years 1760-1802 vs. approximately 200 usages of “yield.“)

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