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THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP If we are made in some degree for others, yet in a greater are we made for ourselves… I may think public service & private misery inseparably linked together … I am persuaded that having hitherto dedicated to them the whole of the active & useful part of my...
Thomas Jefferson Leadership ... although it is all important for public as well as personal considerations, that I should recieve information of every interesting occurrence, yet it is little in my power to entitle myself to it by regular correspondence on my part. in fact it is rare I can...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I obtained leave to bring in a bill declaring tenants in tail to hold their lands in fee simple … To annul this privilege, and instead of an aristocracy of wealth, of more harm and danger, than benefit, to society, to make an opening for the aristocracy...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I believe that when you left America the invention of the Polygraph had not yet reached Boston. it is for copying with one pen while you write with the other … I think it the finest invention of the present age … knowing that you are in...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have known mr Page from the time we were boys & classmates together, & love him as a brother. but I have always known him the worst judge of man existing. he has fallen a sacrifice to the ease with which he gives his confidence to...
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 Our public oeconomy also is such as to offer drudgery and subsistence only to those entrusted with its administration, a wise & necessary precaution against the degeneracy of the public servants. In our private pursuits it is a great advantage that every honest employment is deemed honorable. Source:...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The bill for establishing religious freedom … was finally passed; and a singular proposition proved that it's protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was...
Thomas Jefferson Leadership The desire you express to prefix my name to the work you are about to publish is gratifying to me as an additional testimonial of that approbation of my fellow citizens which is so consoling to me ... the matter of your work possesses too much self...
"I have labored long and hard to procure ... I have labored hard also in persuading others to ... Habit yields with ... "
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I shall be perfectly happy if either of you are named, as I consider the substituting, in the place of Cushing, a firm unequivocating republican, whose principles are born with him, and not an occasional ingraftment ... (italics added) Source: To Gideon Granger, October 22, 1810 Patrick Lee’s Explanation Solid leaders...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Sir - In answer to your request to be informed of the particular style of dieting the students which would be approved by the visitors of the University ... something like the following course will meet their approbation. for breakfast. wheat or cornbread, at the choice of each...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … I do myself the pleasure … of expressing to you on behalf of your country, the high satisfaction inspired by your conduct in the late engagement with the Tripolitan cruiser captured by you. too long, for the honour of nations, have those barbarians been suffered to...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I thank you sincerely for your letter … and for the Almanac it contained. No body wishes more than I do to see such proofs as you exhibit, that nature has given to our black brethren, talents equal to those of the other colors of men, and...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I had a letter from Lediard lately dated at St. Petersburg. He had but two shirts, and yet more shirts than shillings. Still he was determined to obtain the palm of being the first circum-ambulator of the earth. He sais that having no money...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … in cases of doubt it is better to say too little than too much. ... on the principle that where there is a difference of opinion it is better to say too little than too much. Source: To President Washington, July 30, 1791 (1st excerpt) Source: To Albert...
Thomas Jefferson Leadership ... I shall need too the favour of that being in whose hands we are: who led our fathers, as Israel of old, from their native land; and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries & comforts of life; who has covered our infancy...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I received three days ago your favor of Apr. 12. You therein speak of a former letter to me, but it has not come to hand, nor any other of later date than the 14th of December. My last letter to you was of the 11th...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … the length of my tether is now fixed for life from Monticello to Richmond. My private business can never call me elsewhere, and certainly politics will not, which I have ever hated both in theory and practice. I thought myself conscientiously called from those studies which...
If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy. To Thomas Cooper, November 29, 1802 Patrick Lee’s Explanation Paternalistic leaders crush the spirits of their people. Jefferson’s point was a simple one. Let government stay...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I do not think a biography should be written, or at least published, during the life of the person the subject of it. It is impossible that the writer’s delicacy should permit him to speak as freely of the faults or errors of a living, as of...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP On the 1st of June 1779. I was appointed Governor of the Commonwealth … Being now, as it were, identified with the Commonwealth itself, to write my own history during the two years of my administration, would be to write the public history of that portion...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP nothing presents such difficulties of administration as offices. about appointments to them, the rule is simple enough ... but removals are more difficult. no one will say that all should be removed, or that none should. yet no two scarcely draw the same line. I consider as...
How do you assess the motives of another? Our winter campaign has opened with more good humor than I expected ... bitter men are not pleased with the suppression of taxes. not daring to condemn the measure, they attack the motive ... but every honest man will suppose honest acts...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP But there was another amendment of which none of us thought at the time and in the omission of which lurks the germ that is to destroy ... our judges are effectually independent of the nation. But this ought not to be ... I deem it indispensable...
Even leaders (especially leaders!) need encouragement from home! "This is a scolding letter for you all. I have not recieved a scrip of a pen from home since I left it which is now eleven weeks. I think it so easy for you to write me one letter every week ... Why silent then?
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I am glad you took the delightful tour which you describe in your letter. it is almost exactly that which mr Madison and myself pursued in May and June 1791 … but, from Saratoga till we got back to Northampton, was then mostly desert. now it is...
THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP ... it is objected indeed in the remonstrance, that he is 77. years of age: but, at a much more advanced age, our Franklin was the ornament of human nature. He may not be able to perform in person all the details of his office: but if...
Let my people go! Whereas David Brown ... ... was convicted of certain misdemeanors, in writing, uttering and publishing certain false, scandalous, malicious and seditious writings against the Government ... was adjudged to pay a fine of four hundred dollars ... suffer eighteen months imprisonment ... And whereas the...
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...