Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington

the basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. but I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them.

PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 11:48–50.
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January 16, 1787
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