Extract from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison

I turned to neither book or pamphlet while writing it. I did not consider it as any part of my charge to invent new ideas altogether & to offer no sentiment which had ever been expressed before.

RC (DLC: Madison Papers). PoC (DLC). The rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, with alterations made by TJ, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin, is in the Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress.
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
Date Range
August 30, 1823
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson