Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Volney

our citizens are divided into two political sects. one which fears the people most, the other the government. you will readily judge in which of these the people themselves are. for my part I have no fear of a people, well-informed, easy in their circumstances, dispersed over their farms, & occupied on them. I say over their farms, because these constitute the body of our citizens. the inhabitants of towns are but zero in the scale.

PoC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 28:550–51.
Thomas Jefferson
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December 9, 1795
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