A strong militia is our first and best defense!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … I take the liberty of urging on you the importance and indispensible necessity of vigorous exertions … render the militia...

I will deal with the devil if I have to.

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...

This is gonna be BIG!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP the river Missouri, & the Indians inhabiting it, are not as well known as is rendered desireable by their connection with the...

What? Me, a fair weather friend? Never!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … My intention … was, to have some Conversation with you … you have not only shewn no disposition towards it, but...

Businessmen get it on!

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...

I Do Not Need or Want Power

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have no pleasure in the exercise of power … to fortify the principles of free government, to fence them by every...

Things are going so well, let us do nothing at all!

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...

I want you to know how highly I think of you!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … the shade into which you throw yourself neither your happiness nor mine will admit that you remain in … certainly...

Diplomacy Has to Trump Personal Preferences

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP Great and Good Friend, I have lately received the letter of your Majesty … announcing that contracts of marriage … between your much...

Swat the nose of that camel before it’s too late!

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...

Appearances matter, even small ones

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP …altho saving of one salary to the publick is but a small consideration yet the Salutory scheme of oeconomy so valuable...

Here we go again, but this is the last time.

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...

This is Better, Smarter, Cheaper

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … forts and shipyards are mere contrivances to sink the first expences, and entail everlasting expence afterwards. with a dry dock here...

How much freedom for man? How much power for government?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … Can man govern himself? … the one great object of proving that a government may be so free as to...

I wish I had never heard of this guy!

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...

It is not personal. It is business. It is life.

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...

There is no need to justify the motives of honest men

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I have duly recieved your favor of Mar. 10. explaining the motives of the Commissioners … but they needed no explanation. when...

Can Americans be trusted with their own government?

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...

Ugly, expensive or inconvenient? Fugettaboutit!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP The most approved plan of an Hospital of 4000. square feet area, two stories … the rooms for the sick...

Publicly, I shut up. Privately, I explain.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP seeing the impossibility that special vindications should ever keep pace with the endless falshoods invented & disseminated against me, I came at...

Thanks, Mr. Jefferson, for writing the Constitution! (WRONG!)

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … one passage, in the paper you inclosed me, must be corrected. it is the following. ‘and all say that it was...

Is an inventor entitled to profit from their invention?

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...

We must subdue the debt or it will subdue us

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...

The negroes can prosper there!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … in desiring us to look out for some proper place to which insurgent negroes may be sent … Sierra Leone...

They hated him. He revered them.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I recieved yesterday evening your letter … informing me of the death of mrs Washington:         witness of her constant course in...

You are depressed. This will help

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP I am sorry to find by your letter that you are become so recluse. to be 4. or 5. months without descending...

We said we would do it, and we kept our word!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP the session of the first congress, convened since republicanism has recovered it’s ascendancy , is now drawing to a close. they will...

Get it to me frank, truthful, and complete!

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … the legislature is likely to establish a marine hospital at New Orleans, where we lose about 400. boatmen & seamen annually...

What are the ONLY objects of a legitimate government?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … a part of my occupation, & by no means the least pleasing, is the direction of the studies of such young...

I loaned YOUR money to ME

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP … From this portion of my personal condition, I must turn to another of unpleasant hue, and apologize to you for what...