Extract from Thomas Jefferson to “Henry Tompkinson” (Samuel Kercheval)
|Monticello July 12. 16.|
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.
July 12, 1816