Extract from Thomas Jefferson to George Logan

as to federal slanders, I never wished them to be answered, but by the tenor of my life, half a century of which has been on a theatre at which the public have been spectators, and competent judges of it’s merit. their approbation has taught a lesson, useful to the world, that the man who fears no truths has nothing to fear from lies. I should have fancied myself half guilty had I condescended to put pen to paper in refutation of their falsehoods, or drawn to them respect by any notice from myself.

RC (PHi: Logan Papers). PoC (DLC).
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
George Logan
Date Range
Date
June 20, 1816
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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