Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Waldo

certainly so great and growing a population, spread over such an extent of country, with such a variety of climates, of productions, of arts, must enlarge their language, to make it answer it’s purpose of expressing all ideas, the new as well as the old. the new circumstances under which we are placed call for new words, new phrases and for the transfer of old words to new objects. an American dialect will therefore be formed; so will a West-Indian, and Asiatic, as a Scotch and an Irish are already formed.

RC (CtY: Franklin Collection).
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
John Waldo
Date Range
Date
August 16, 1813
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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