Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Edward Coles

my opinion has ever been that, until more can be done for them, we should endeavor, with those whom fortune has thrown on our hands, to feed & clothe them well, protect them from ill usage, require such reasonable labor only as is performed voluntarily by freemen, and be led by no repugnancies to abdicate them, and our duties to them.

RC (NjP). Published in PTJRS, 7:603–5.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
Edward Coles
Date Range
Date
August 25, 1814
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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