Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane

The great object of my fear is the federal judiciary. that body, like Gravity, ever acting, with noiseless foot, & unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step, and holding what it gains, is ingulphing insidiously the special governments into the jaws of that which feeds them. the recent recall to first principles however ... will, I hope, be heard, & obeyed, & that a temporary check will be affected. yet be not weary of welldoing. let the eye of vigilance never be closed.

RC (CLjC).
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March 9, 1821
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