Extract from Thomas Jefferson to John Randolph

I am sincerely one of those, & would rather be in dependance on Gr. Br. properly limited than on any nation upon earth, or than on no nation. but I am one of those too who rather than submit to the right of legislating for us assumed by the British parl. & which late experience has shewn they will so cruelly exercise, would lend my hand to sink the whole island in the ocean.

Dft (DLC). Published in PTJ, 1:240–42.
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August 25, 1775
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