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THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … I must also add that tho’ I concur with the author in considering the moral precepts of Jesus, as more pure, correct, & sublime than those of the antient philosophers, yet I do not concur with him in the mode of proving it. he thinks it...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I now return the sermon you were so kind as to inclose me, having perused it with attention. the reprinting it by me, as you have proposed, would very readily be ascribed to hypocritical affectation , by those who, when they cannot blame our acts, have recourse...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States of America, Greeting:      To Reposing especial Trust and Confidence in Your Integrity, Prudence and Ability I have appointed Minister Plenipotentiary for the United States of America at the Court of His Britannic Majesty, authorizing you hereby to do and perform all such matters...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principal stream of it, as, by it’s course & communication with the waters of the Pacific ocean, may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent, for the purposes of...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP It appears that on the 31st. Mar. 1800. a paiment of cents & half cents was made into the treasury, which raised the whole amount paid in to more than 50,000. D. and that the Treasurer ought then forthwith to have announced it in the gazettes. consequently it ought,...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I had promised some day to write … my view of the Christian system … a general view of the moral doctrines of the most remarkeable of the antient philosophers … I should proceed to a view of the life, character, & doctrines of Jesus …...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP the warrant to your son as midshipman had been suspended for enquiry on a suggestion of too great a propensity in him to drink … it is sufficient that you are apprised of it … his warrant was therefore signed two days ago … such a doubt...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … I take the liberty of urging on you the importance and indispensible necessity of vigorous exertions … render the militia a sure and permanent bulwark of national defence. None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. to keep ours armed and disciplined, is...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP you mentioned that the receipt of the 400. D. in March would be quite sufficient, or even later if it should be inconvenient to me. I am not yet certain how that will be; but either then, if I have it not in hand, or at any...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP the river Missouri, & the Indians inhabiting it, are not as well known as is rendered desireable by their connection with the Missisipi, & consequently with us … an intelligent officer with ten or twelve chosen men … might explore the whole line, even to the Western...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … My intention … was, to have some Conversation with you … you have not only shewn no disposition towards it, but have, in some measure, by a sort of shyness, as if you stood in fear of federal observation, precluded it. I am not the only...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Congress is not yet engaged in business of any note. we want men of business among them. I really wish you were here. I am convinced it is in the power of any man who understands business, and who will undertake to keep a file of the...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have no pleasure in the exercise of power … to fortify the principles of free government, to fence them by every barrier practicable, and to establish in the government habits of economy, present the principal means by which I can render any permanent service: and if...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Our busy scene is now approaching. the quiet tract into which we are endeavoring to get, neither meddling with the affairs of other nations, nor with those of our fellow citizens, but letting them go on in their own way, will shew itself in the statement of...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … the shade into which you throw yourself neither your happiness nor mine will admit that you remain in … certainly there could not have been an alliance on earth more pleasing to me from the beginning or rendered more dear to me in the sequel...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Great and Good Friend, I have lately received the letter of your Majesty … announcing that contracts of marriage … between your much beloved son … and the Infanta of Naples Donna Maria Antonia; and between your very dear daughter … and the hereditary Prince of that Kingdom...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP You know my doubts or rather convictions about the unconstitutionality of the act for building piers in the Delaware, and the fears that it will lead to a bottomless expence, & to the greatest abuses …… I well remember the opposition, on this very ground, to the...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP …altho saving of one salary to the publick is but a small consideration yet the Salutory scheme of oeconomy so valuable to our repubican Goverment can not be carried into full effect unless things of this kind be noticed… Source: Thomas Underwood Jr. letter to Thomas Jefferson,...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I recieved lately a letter from Genl. Lawson solliciting a charity which he desired me to send through your hands. I had yielded last year to an application of the same nature from him and although I think his habits & conduct render him less entitled...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … forts and shipyards are mere contrivances to sink the first expences, and entail everlasting expence afterwards. with a dry dock here in which our ships, kept dry & under cover, will be as sound at the beginning of a 2d. war as they were at the...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … Can man govern himself? … the one great object of proving that a government may be so free as to leave every man in the unrestrained exercise of all his rights, while it has energy enough to protect him from every wrong … Source: Thomas Jefferson...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I am really mortified at the base ingratitude of Callender. it presents human nature in a hideous form: it gives me concern because I percieve that relief, which was afforded him on mere motives of charity, may be viewed under the aspect of employing him as a...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have duly recieved your favor of the 7th. and have taken care that it shall be communicated to the Secretary at war, within whose province it is to consider of the best means of promoting the public interest within his department, and of the agents whom...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have duly recieved your favor of Mar. 10. explaining the motives of the Commissioners … but they needed no explanation. when gentlemen, selected for their integrity, are acting under a public trust, their characters and consciences are sufficient securities that what they do, is done on...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP we have no interests nor passions different from those of our fellow citizens. we have the same object, the success of representative government. nor are we acting for ourselves alone, but for the whole human race. the event of our experiment is to shew whether man can...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The most approved plan of an Hospital of 4000. square feet area, two stories … the rooms for the sick to be well aired … Th:J. proposes to mr Gallatin that some such advertisement as the above be published in Washington where there are many architects...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP seeing the impossibility that special vindications should ever keep pace with the endless falshoods invented & disseminated against me, I came at once to a resolution to rest on the justice & good sense of my fellow citizens, to consider from my general character and conduct thro’...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … one passage, in the paper you inclosed me, must be corrected. it is the following. ‘and all say that it was yourself more than any other individual, that planned & established it.’ i.e. the constitution. I was in Europe when the constitution was planned & established,...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP should you propose to secure to yourself by a patent the benefit of the ideas contained in your letter, I will lodge it in the patent office of the Secretary of state: or should you prefer a communication of it to the world, I would transmit it...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I consider the fortunes of our republic as depending, in an eminent degree, on the extinguishment of the public debt, before we engage in any war. because, that done, we shall have revenue enough to improve our country in peace, & defend it in war, without recurring...