Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Peter Carr

nothing is so mistaken as the supposition that a person is to extricate himself from a difficulty, by intrigue, by chicanery, by dissimulation, by trimming, by an untruth, by an injustice. this increases the difficulties tenfold, & those who pursue these methods, get themselves so involved at length that they can turn no way but their infamy becomes more exposed.

PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 8:405–08.
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August 19, 1785
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