Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Robert Pleasants

a more general and certain means of providing for the instruction of the slaves, and more desireable as they would in the course of it be mixed with those of free condition. whether, for their happiness, it should extend beyond those destined to be free, is questionable. ignorance & despotism seem made for each other.

RC (DLC: TJ Papers, 100: 17181); consists of last page only; date based on entry in Jefferson’s Summary Journal of Letters. Published in PTJ, 29:177–8.
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August 27, 1796
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