Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William Johnson

on every question of construction, carry ourselves back to the time when the constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, & instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was past.

RC (ScHi). PoC (DLC).
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Thomas Jefferson
William Johnson
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June 12, 1823
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