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Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson's Letters


I felt on [George Washington's] death, with my countrymen, that "verily a great man hath fallen this day in Israel"

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Quote of the Day: "I sincerely join... in abjuring all political connection with every foreign power; and though I cordially wish well to the progress of liberty in all nations, and would forever give it the weight of our countenance, yet they are not to be touched without contamination from their other bad principles. Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto." - Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson also expressed general agreement with his friend Joseph Priestley's Unitarian form of Christianity. In an 1822 letter to Benjamin Waterhouse he wrote, "I rejoice that in this blessed country of free inquiry and belief, which has surrendered its conscience to neither kings or priests, the genuine doctrine of only one God is reviving, and I trust that there is not a young man now living in the United States who will not die a Unitarian."[69]

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"He [King George] has waged cruel war upon human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian King of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his [veto] for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restrain this execrable commerce."

"he [the king of Britain] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it�s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another."

This was in Mr. Jefferson's version of the Declaration of Independence which the Continental Congress removed.

In his writings on American grievances justifying the Revolution, he attacked the British for sponsoring the slave trade to the colonies. In 1778, with Jefferson's leadership, slave importation was banned in Virginia. It was one of the first jurisdictions in the world to ban the slave trade. Jefferson was a lifelong advocate of ending the trade and as President led the effort to criminalize the international slave trade that passed Congress and he signed on March 2, 1807; it took effect in 1808. Britain had previously and independently made the same move on March 25, 1807.
Mr. Jefferson's TWO MAIN REASONS for going to war against the worlds super power was to BAN SLAVERY and BAN TRINITARIANISM.
We won. England lost. Within 2 centuries England came to us hat in hand to save them from the nasty German UNITARIANS.

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In his 1781 "Notes on the State of Virginia," he announced the blacks' "own judgment in favor of the whites, declared by their preference of them, as uniformly as is the preference of the orangutan for the black woman over those of his own species"

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"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state"

--founder of the Democratic Party, 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

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"A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen; it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus ..."

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Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits
drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add "within the limits
of the law, because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it
violates the rights of the individual. - Thomas Jefferson

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"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

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Were our State a pure democracy . . .

there would yet be excluded from their deliberations . . .

women, who, to prevent depravation of morals and ambiguity of issue, should not mix promiscuously in the public meetings of men."

Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval (Sept. 5, 1816), in 10 Writings of Thomas Jefferson 45-46, n. 1 (P. Ford ed. 1899).

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The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax
in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape
into any form they please.
  -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Judge Spencer Roane, September 6, 1819.      

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