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What in the world does plenipotentiary mean?

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...

It is not necessary to lay blame when a mistake is made.

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP It appears that on the 31st. Mar. 1800. a paiment of cents & half cents was made into the treasury, which raised...

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...

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...

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...

To the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, May 1789—George...

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, GEORGE WASHINGTON On May 26, 1789, the General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in the United States meeting in Philadelphia, PA sent an...

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...

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...

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...

Precedent—the Pathway to Sin, Suffering and Slavery

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, THOMAS JEFFERSON A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so...

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...

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PATRICK HENRY St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775 No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism,...

Undermining The Foundations of Individual Liberty

Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 2 BY CLARENCE CARSON Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, 01 June 1962 The ideas which would, in time,...

Thomas Jefferson: How Porous Should Our Borders Be?

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL You and I are "melting pot" people; citizens, that is, of that country set apart by Heaven to receive those...

Republican Principles Versus the Corrupt Practice of Electioneering — 1788

An Elector: To the Free Electors of This Town Boston, 1788 The theory of republican government took for granted a number of institutions and practices rarely...

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PATRICK HENRY St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775 No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism,...

Law Defined—Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, NOAH WEBSTER 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language LAW, noun 1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by...

Law Defined—Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, NOAH WEBSTER 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language LAW, noun 1. A rule, particularly an established or permanent rule, prescribed by...

Is the majority ALWAYS right?

Thomas Jefferson Leadership ... where two measures are equally right, it is a duty to the people to adopt that one which is most agreeable...

Federalist Papers No. 84, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, July 16, Saturday, July 26, Saturday, August 9, 1788 Certain General and Miscellaneous Objections to the Constitution Considered and Answered to...