Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to James T. Austin, 13 February 1821

To James T. Austin

Monticello Feb. 13. 21.

I thank you, Sir, for the paper inclosed in yours of Jan. 20. I think with you that there is no good in lessening the responsibility of judges. their independance on a king is a good thing; but independence on the nation is a bad one. here we have copied England where we ought not. but we have omitted to copy what ought to have been copied, removability on the simple concurrence of the two other coordinate branches. instead of that we have substituted impeachment, a mere scare crow, & which experience proves impracticable. but from these things I withdraw tendering you my respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi: Elbridge Gerry Papers); addressed: “James T. Austin esq. Boston”; franked; postmarked Milton, 17 Feb. PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of John H. Cocke to TJ, 11 Oct. 1819; endorsed by TJ.

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