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Jefferson and the Publication of Destutt de Tracy’s Commentary on Montesquieu

From: Jefferson Papers | Retirement Series | Volume 3 | Jefferson and the Publication of Destutt de Tracy’s Commentary on Montesquieu

Your letter of July 16. has been duly recieved, with the paper it inclosed, for which accept my thanks, and especially for the kind expressio sentiments expressed towards myself. these testimonies of approbation, and friendly remembrance, are the highest gratifications I can recieve from any, and especially from those in whose principles & zeal for the public good I have confidence. of that...
Book II. ‘of laws flowing directly from the nature of the government.’ that there are but two kinds of government, those founded on the general rights of man, & those pretending to be founded on particular rights. The common division of governments into republican, monarchical & despotic, appears to me essentially bad. The word republican is a very vague term, under which is comprehended a...