Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Peregrine Fitzhugh

I do not think it for the interest of the general government itself, & still less of the Union at large, that the state governments should be so little respected as they have been. however I dare say that in time all these as well as their central government, like the planets revolving round their common Sun, acting & acted upon according to their respective weights & distances, will produce that beautiful equilibrium on which our constitution is founded, and which I believe it will exhibit to the world in a degree of perfection unexampled but in the planetary system itself.

PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 30:129–31.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
Peregrine Fitzhugh
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Date
February 23, 1798
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Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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