Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Claude Alexandre Ruelle, 25 February 1809

Washington Feb. 25. 09.


I have duly received your favors of May 29. & July 11. & with this last a copy of your constitution with the new augmentations. Our usages not permitting me to present it formally to the Legislature of the Nation, I have deposited it in their library where all it’s Members will have an opportunity of profiting of it’s truths, and it will be, as you desire, in a depot beyond the reach of violence. No interests are dearer to men than those which ought to be secured to them by their form of government & none deserve better of them than those who contribute to the emelioration of that form. the consciousness of having deserved well of mankind for your endeavors to be useful to them in this line, will be itself a high reward, to which will be added the homage of those who shall have reaped the benefits of them. I ask permission on my part to tender you the assurances of my esteem and great respect.

Th: Jefferson


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