Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Charles Clay

the ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, that we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time, and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. it takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.

PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 16:129–30.
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January 27, 1790
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