Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Edward Coles

my opinion has ever been that, until more can be done for them, we should endeavor, with those whom fortune has thrown on our hands, to feed & clothe them well, protect them from ill usage, require such reasonable labor only as is performed voluntarily by freemen, and be led by no repugnancies to abdicate them, and our duties to them.

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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