Jefferson often refers to Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, the principal author of its Declaration of Independence.

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    [F]rom Saratoga [N.Y.] till we got back to Northampton [Mass.], was then mostly desert. Now it is what 34. years of free and good government have made it. It shews how soon the labor of man would make a paradise of the whole earth, were it not for misgovernment, and a diversion of all his energies from their proper object, the happiness of man, to the selfish interests of kings, nobles and priests.
    —Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    Chide me then no more; be to me what you have been; and give me without measure the comfort of your friendship.
    —Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.
    —Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)