Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Object of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson Tuesday

From "The Patroit Post"

"This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion."

-Thomas Jefferson
1825 - letter to Henry Lee
Category: Declaration of Independence
Reference: Jefferson: Writings, Peterson ed., Library of America (1501)

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