Title page from The Works, vol. 5 (Correspondence 1786-1789)

Part of: The Works of Thomas Jefferson, 12 vols. The Works, vol. 5 (Correspondence 1786-1789)

Volume 5 of the “Federal Edition” of Jefferson’s works in 12 volumes edited by Paul Leicester Ford in 1904-05. This volume contains various letters and papers from the years 1786-1789.

Key Quotes

Freedom of Speech

The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the…