Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

But even in Europe a change has sensibly taken place in the mind of Man. science had liberated the ideas of those who read and reflect, and the American example had kindled feelings of right in the people. an insurrection has consequently begun, of science, talents & courage against rank and birth, which have fallen into contempt ... science is progressive, and talents and enterprize on the alert.

RC (MHi). Published in PTJRS, 6:562–8.
Thomas Jefferson
John Adams
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October 28, 1813
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