Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Destutt de Tracy

I had, with the world, deemed Montesquieu’s a work of much merit; but saw in it, with every thinking man, so much of paradox, of false principle, & misapplied fact, as to render it’s value equivocal on the whole.

PoC (DLC). Tr (ViU: TJP); posthumous fragment of extract with commentary. Published in PTJRS, 3:334–9.
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Thomas Jefferson
Destutt de Tracy
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January 26, 1811
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