Extract from Thomas Jefferson to “Henry Tompkinson” (Samuel Kercheval)

each generation is as independant of the one preceding, as that was of all which had gone before. it has then, like them, a right to chuse for itself the form of government it believes most promotive of it’s own happiness.

PoC (DLC). Published in PTJRS, 10:220–8.
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July 12, 1816
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