July 07, 2009

Thomas Jefferson speaks


resident Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), an author, architect, educator, botanist, scientist, inventor, and much more, was the third president of the United States. He was the author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

From 1779 to 1781, Thomas Jefferson served as the Governor of Virginia. In his final year as governor, Jefferson wrote his Notes on the State of Virginia. In Query XVIII of those notes he wrote the following statement, which is now engraved on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.

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