Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Cartwright

the constitutions of most of our states assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, (as in electing their functionaries executive and legislative, and deciding by a jury of themselves, both fact and law, in all judiciary cases in which any fact is involved) or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person; freedom of religion; freedom of property; and freedom of the press.

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Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
John Cartwright
Date Range
Date
June 5, 1824
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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