Extract from Thomas Jefferson to H. Tompkinson (Samuel Kercheval)

each generation is as independant of the one preceding, as that was of all which had gone before. it has then, like them, a right to chuse for itself the form of government it believes most promotive of it’s own happiness.

PoC (DLC); at foot of first page in TJ’s hand: “H. Tompkinson, esq. a pseudonomy for Samuel Kerchival.” Published in PTJRS, 10:220–8.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
Samuel Kercheval
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Date
July 12, 1816
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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