Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Columbia, South Carolina, Citizens

in every country where man is free to think & to speak, differences of opinion will arise from difference of perception, & the imperfection of reason. but these differences, when permitted, as in this happy country, to purify themselves by free discussion, are but as passing clouds overshadowing our land transiently, & leaving our horizon more bright & serene. that love of order & obedience to the laws, which so [consistently?] characterises the citizens of the United States, are sure pledges of internal tranquility

PrC (DLC); blurred; at foot of text: “Benjamin Waring esq. Columbia. S.C.” Published in PTJ, 33:409.
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March 23, 1801
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