The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 4

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Issued under the auspices of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association of the United States, 1903 - United States
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The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Library Edition; Andrew A. Lipscomb, Editor in Chief, Albert Ellery Bergh, Managing Editor;
Vol IV; The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association of the United States, 1903, Washington D.C.

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Page 4 - Are not my days few? cease then, And let me alone, that I may take comfort a little, Before I go whence I shall not return, Even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death; A land of darkness, as darkness itself; And of the shadow of death, without any order, And where the light is as darkness.
Page iv - Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to ; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.
Page 67 - ... urging him, by malicious insinuations and untruths, to increase, rather than relax his severities, heightening the cruelty of his orders by his manner of executing them, offering at one time a reward to one man to be hangman for another, threatening his life on refusal, and taking from his prisoners the little property their opportunities enabled them to acquire.
Page 259 - Judges therefore should always be men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men.
Page 277 - Saxon laws had happy effects ? Is it not better now that we return at once into that happy system of our ancestors, the wisest and most perfect ever yet devised by the wit of man, as it stood before the 8th century.
Page 172 - I have the honor to be, with the greatest respect, your Excellency's most obedient and most humble servant. TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS.
Page 447 - From 8 to 10, practice music. From 10 to 1, dance one day and draw another. From 1 to 2, draw on the day you dance, and write a letter next day. From 3 to 4, read French. From 4 to 5, exercise yourself in music. From 5 till bedtime, read English, write, etc.
Page 382 - We can only be answerable for the orders we give and not for the execution. If they are disobeyed from obstinacy of spirit or want of coercion in the laws it is not our fault...
Page 32 - It is an immense misfortune, to the whole empire, to have a King of such a disposition at such a time. We are told, and everything proves it true, that he is the bitterest enemy we have.
Page 231 - I am done; to search the Herald's office for the arms of my family. I have what I have been told were the family arms, but on what authority I know not. It is possible there may be none. If so, I would with your assistance become a purchaser, having Sterne's word for it that a coat of arms may be purchased as cheap as any other coat.

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