Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William Johnson

on every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, & instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was past.

RC (ScHi). PoC (DLC).
Recipient
William Johnson
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Date
June 12, 1823
Collection
Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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