Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

and even should the cloud of barbarism and despotism again obscure the science and liberties of Europe, this country remains to preserve and restore light and liberty to them. in short, the flames kindled on the 4th of July 1776. have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism. on the contrary they will consume these engines, and all who work them.

RC (MHi: Adams Papers). PoC (DLC).
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September 12, 1821