Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright
|Monticello in Virginia. June 5. 24.|
Our revolution commenced on more favorable ground. it presented us an Album on which we were free to write what we pleased. we had no occasion to search into musty records, to hunt up Royal parchments, or to investigate the laws & institutions of a semi-barbarous ancestry. we appealed to those of nature, and found them engraved in our breasts hearts.