Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Henry Middleton
|Monticello Jan. 8. 13.|
indeed it seems to me that in proportion as Commercial avarice & corruption advance on us from the North and East, the principles of free government are to retire to the agricultural states of the South & West, as their last asylum & bulwark. with honesty & self-government for her portion, agriculture may abandon contentedly to others the fruits of commerce & corruption.