I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome direction, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) American political philosopher, polymath, statesman, US President (1801-09)
Letter to William C. Jarvis (28 Sep 1820)
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2 Responses to Letter to William C. Jarvis (28 Sep 1820)

  1. R. C. Williams, Jr. says:

    need the complete letter for a book report due on Sunday, June 19, 2011

  2. Dave says:

    It’s cited as “ME 15:278” in a number of places, I believe, but a quick Google search doesn’t find the full text. Hopefully your research-fu is stronger.

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