Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Henry Middleton

indeed it seems to me that in proportion as Commercial avarice & corruption advance on us from the North and East, the principles of free government are to retire to the agricultural states of the South & West, as their last asylum & bulwark. with honesty & self-government for her portion, agriculture may abandon contentedly to others the fruits of commerce & corruption.

PoC (DLC). Tr (ViU: TJP-ER); posthumous copy; last page only. Published in PTRJS, 5:546–7.
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January 8, 1813
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