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Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 29 Dec. 1794 [Quote]

I have imagined and executed a mould-board which may be mathematically demonstrated to be perfect, as far as perfection depends on mathematical principles ... it is on the principle of two wedges combined at right angles, the first in the direct line of the furrow to raise the turf gradually, the...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William G. Munford, 18 June 1799 [Quote]

I am among those who think well of the human character generally. I consider man as formed for society, and endowed by nature with those dispositions which fit him for society. I believe also ... that his mind is perfectible to a degree of which we cannot as yet form any conception. it is...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Isaac McPherson, 13 Aug. 1813 [Quote]

if nature has made any one thing less susceptible, than all others, of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an Idea; which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of...

Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Waterhouse, 3 Mar. 1818 [Quote]

when I contemplate the immense advances in science, and discoveries in the arts which have been made within the period of my life, I look forward with confidence to equal advances by the present generation; and have no doubt they will consequently be as much wiser than we have been, as we than...