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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Fourth of July

"Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."
Leviticus 25:10

The last letter from Thomas Jefferson's pen.

To Roger C. Weightman June 24, 1826


The kind invitation I receive from you, on the part of the citizens of the city of Washington, to be present with them at their celebration on the fiftieth anniversary of American Independence, as one of the surviving signers of an instrument pregnant with our own, and the fate of the world, is most flattering to myself, and heightened by the honorable accompaniment proposed for the comfort of such a journey. It adds sensibly to the sufferings of sickness, to be deprived by it of a personal participation in the rejoicings of that day. But acquiescence is a duty, under circumstances not placed among those we are permitted to control. I should, indeed, with particular delight, have met and exchanged there congratulations personally with the small band, the remnant of that host of worthies, who joined with us on that day, in the bold and doubtful election we were to make for our country, between submission or the sword; and to have enjoyed with them the consolatory fact, that our fellow citizens, after half a century of experience and prosperity, continue to approve the choice we made. May it be for the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science had already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them...

Thomas Jefferson died July 4, 1826, just hours before his old colleague John Adams. His last words were, "Is it the fourth yet?"

Adam’s last words were, “Thomas Jefferson lives.”


  • At 7:30 PM, Blogger Galt-In-Da-Box said…

    I seriously wonder what they would think of her today; back under the jackboot of Papist stupidstition, and working night and day to enslave productive Americans "for the common good" (as the Whore of Babylon dictates it) of the looters and moochers of the world through the "en-LIE-tenment" of altruism?


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