Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Edward Coles

mine on the subject of the slavery of negroes have long since been in possession of the public, and time has only served to give them stronger root. the love of justice & the love of country plead equally the cause of these people, and it is a mortal reproach to us that they should have pleaded it so long in vain, and should have produced not a single effort, nay I fear not much serious willingness to relieve them & ourselves from our present condition of moral and political reprobation.

RC (NjP). Published in PTJRS, 7:603–5.
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Thomas Jefferson
Edward Coles
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August 25, 1814
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