Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Anonymous, 11 September 1804

The Louisiana memorial abridged.

Power despotic is infernal
Freedom is a right eternal.
Unchangeable in every time
For every people, & for every clime.
This Truth your ancestors profess’d.
And bled to make their country bless’d.
Why unto us the boon denied?
Oh spread lov’d Freedom far & wide.
Receive us to your arms as Brothers
And grant us to make slaves of others.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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