Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey

if a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be. the functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty & property of their constituents. there is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.

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Recipient
Charles Yancey
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Date
January 6, 1816
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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