Title page from The Works, vol. 6 (Correspondence 1789-1792)

Part of: The Works of Thomas Jefferson, 12 vols. The Works, vol. 6 (Correspondence 1789-1792)

Volume 6 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 1789-1792.

Key Quotes


To lay taxes to provide for the general welfare of the United States, that is to say, “to lay taxes for the purpose of providing for the general welfare.” For the laying of taxes is the power, and the general welfare the purpose for which the power is to be exercised. They are not to lay taxes ad…